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Derek Twigg: We are not yet in a position to provide the information requested as this years Senior Civil Service Pay Committee process for 2007-08 is not yet complete. I will write to the hon. Member when the information is available.
I undertook to write to you in my answer to your question of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 168W about bonuses paid to Senior Civil Servants.
It might be helpful if I begin by explaining the basis on which any MOD Civil Servant may be awarded a bonus. It is a key element of the Government's pay policy that a proportion of the pay of Civil Servants is performance related. MOD meets this requirement by awarding one off, non-consolidated and non-pensionable bonuses which very clearly reward performance in any given year rather than by increasing base pay which has a consolidated on-going effect even if performance later tails off. In
turning specifically to bonuses for Senior Civil Servants, the policy framework for awarding them to members of the Senior Civil Service is set by the Cabinet Office. MOD is responsible for implementing its own pay and bonus arrangements within this framework through an agreed pay strategy. Any bonus award is based on a judgment of how well an individual has performed against their peers and they are awarded to those individuals judged to have made the highest in-year contribution to MOD business objectives. There is no restriction on the nature of the contribution; the only requirement is that it benefits the Department or Defence more widely. Recommendations for bonuseswhich are considered by moderation committeesmust be linked to demonstrable evidence of delivery. Up to 70 per cent. of staff may receive a bonus and only 10 per cent. of those assessed as making the greatest contribution may receive a high category bonus.
Specifically, for reporting year 2007-08, the following amounts were available for Pay Bands 1, 2 and 3 and are shown under the permissible percentage of staff able to receive that level of award:
|SCS pay band||Related bonus awards|
|High 10%||Upper Medium 15%||Middle Medium 25%||Lower Medium 15%||Half Lower Medium 5%|
For 2007-08 there were 266 members of the SCS in Pay Bands 1-3 who were considered for a non-consolidated bonus. Money for these awards is taken from the allowable 8.6 per cent. of the MOD'S SCS pay pot, as recommended by the Senior Salaries Review Body in their Thirtieth Report published on 17 June 2008.
Of those considered for an award, 187 individuals (i.e. 70 per cent.) were assessed by our pay committee process as meeting or exceeding the eligibility criteria and were paid something from the range of awards shown in the table. No-one was awarded the High award at Pay Band 3. Payments totalled £1.5 million which is within our allowable ceiling, and were confined to the permissible percentage spread detailed in the table.
Pay and reward for Pay Band 4/Permanent Secretaries is considered by the Permanent Secretaries' Remuneration Committee and is subject to the same rules and regulations governed by the Senior Salaries Review Body and the Cabinet Office as the rest of the SCS. The range of awards paid to them for performance in 2007-08expressed as a percentage of individual base paywas 1.2 per cent.12.8 per cent. and which was within the allowable ceiling. The MOD has two permanent SCS Pay Band 4s both of whom received a bonus.
The Department also employs a number of members of the SCS on Fixed Term Appointments. These individuals are recruited to fill specific roles where the Department does not already have the skills in-house. They are employed on individual contracts which allow them a base salary and the opportunity to earn performance related bonuses specifically linked to business objectives. They are expected to deliver substantial benefits to the Department both in terms of outputs, delivering change programmes and skills transfer. As with the rest of the SCS the bonuses paid to those on Fixed Term Appointments are non-consolidated and non-pensionable. To date, for 2007-08, not all Fixed Term appointees have been assessed for performance awards. I will write further with details of these awards when the assessment exercise is complete.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the salary of (a) a private soldier and (b) the Permanent Under-Secretary of his Department (i) was in each year since 1997 and (ii) will be in 2009-10. 
|Private soldier pay range||MOD Permanent Under-Secretary salary in £5,000 bands as published in annual SSRB report appendix|
|From 1 April||Minimum||Maximum||From||To|
|(1) This band was reported in the Senior Salaries Review Bodys report as MOD PUS salary but it should be noted that it reflects the salary of the then new PUS appointed in November 2005. The retiring MOD PUS salary was in band £165,000£169,999.|
Pay rates for UK service personnel are recommended by the independent Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB). We do not yet know pay rates for 2009-10 for either the Permanent Under-Secretary or a private soldier.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to ensure the development of ground-based laser defence systems as part of the UKs counter-mortar and counter-rocket capabilities. 
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