House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the practice of paying bonuses to staff of non-departmental public bodies began; and what was the total paid in each year since 1997.

To ask Her Majesty's Government how supervision is exercised of the payment of bonuses and allowances for nominated Government bodies.

Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, House of Lords, Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

This is a matter for individual non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs). Information on bonuses paid to NDPB staff is not held centrally.

The Government have, however, announced in the Pre-Budget Report fundamental reforms to pay-setting for senior staff across the public sector. The Pre-Budget Report announced that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury will in future approve pay levels in excess of £150,000 for all appointments to public sector bodies which are subject to ministerial approval. This will also apply to bonus payments of over £50,000 where ministerial sign-off is needed. For public sector bodies where ministerial approval is not required, the Government expect all organisations making senior managerial appointments in excess of £150,000 to publicly justify this level, and any bonus in excess of £50,000, to the relevant Secretary of State.

All public sector bodies subject to direct ministerial control will be required to publish the salary, including benefits in kind and the level of any bonus, of named individuals paid more than £150,000. The Government will expect all other public bodies to comply with this level of disclosure.

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