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Finance: Lending

Question

Asked by Lord Dykes

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): I will write to the noble Lord and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Food: Trans Fats

Question

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill



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Baroness Thornton: The Government note the reports by the Faculty of Public Health and the Royal Society for Public Health regarding the banning of artificial trans fats from foods.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) carried out a comprehensive review of the health impacts of trans fats in 2007, and reported that voluntary action taken by the food industry to reduce the levels of trans fats in foods in the United Kingdom has been successful in achieving the reduction in dietary intakes to 1 per cent of food energy. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommends that trans fats should contribute no more than 2 per cent. of food energy. Given this, the Government believe that further action including legislation would be unlikely to deliver any additional health benefit. The FSA continues to monitor the intakes of trans fats.

The FSA is currently focussing effort on reducing intakes of saturated fat where there is clear evidence that the UK population is consuming more than public health recommendations, which increases the risk of coronary heart disease.

Gary McKinnon

Question

Asked by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): As this case is before the courts it would not be appropriate to hold a debate on it in Parliament.

Genetics and Insurance

Questions

Asked by Lord Walton of Detchant



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Baroness Thornton: The Government will consider these matters when they undertake their scheduled review of the concordat and moratorium on genetics and insurance in 2011. This and other reports will inform the Government and the Association of British Insurers when considering a long-term agreement about the use of genetic test results for insurance purposes.

Government Departments: Bonuses

Question

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Brett: Department for International Development (DfID) Senior Civil Service (SCS) members are eligible for a non-consolidated performance award. Awards are intended to reward delivery of personal business objectives during the reporting year or other short-term personal contributions to wider organisational objectives. In considering SCS members for an award, line managers are asked to take into account:

performance against agreed priority business objectives or targets;total delivery record over the year;relative stretch (ie the challenge of the job compared to that of others); andresponse to unforeseen events that affected the performance agreement.

Awards are funded within existing pay bill controls, have to be re-earned each year against the pre-determined criteria above and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs.

The annual size of the non-consolidated performance pay pot for the SCS is based on recommendations by the independent Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB).

Staff in grades below the SCS (Al and below) are eligible for a non-consolidated performance award. Awards are intended to reward both the delivery of personal business objectives during the reporting year and demonstration of DfID's values.

Non-consolidated performance related payments for all staff are paid at the year end. DfID does not operate a special bonus scheme.

The three tables below show by Civil Service band; the number of staff eligible for a non-consolidated performance payment; the number of staff who received a non-consolidated performance payment; the median payment; and the maximum payment.



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Financial Year: 2007-081
GradeNo. of staff eligible for non-consolidated performance paymentsNo. of staff who received non-consolidated performance paymentsAverage (median) payment (£)Maximum payment (£)

Director General 2

*

*

*

*

Director

12

9

£5,750

£12,500

Deputy Director

73

52

£5,750

£12,500

A1 (G6)

238

131

£365

£1,150

A2(G7)

426

250

£365

£1,150

A2(L) (SEO)

142

100

£365

£1 150

B1 (HEO)

272

168

£365

£725

B2(EO)

264

171

£365

£725

C1(AO)

231

134

£365

£520

C2 (AA)

30

13

£365

£520

Financial Year:2008-091
GradeNo. of staff eligible for non-consolidated performance payments3No. of staff who received non-consolidated performance paymentsAverage (median) payment (£)Maximum payment (£)

Director General2

*

*

*

*

Director

14

10

£8,282

£20,685

Deputy Director

80

59

£6,350

£14,612

A1 (G6)

0

0

£0

£0

A2 (G7)

0

0

£0

£0

A2(L) (SEO)

0

0

£0

£0

B1 (HEO)

0

0

£0

£0

B2 (EO)

0

0

£0

£0

C1 (AO)

0

0

£0

£0

C2 (AA)

0

0

£0

£0

Financial Year: 2009-101
GradeNo. of staff eligible for non-consolidated performance paymentsNo. of staff who received non-consolidated performance paymentsAverage (median) payment (£)Maximum payment (£)

Director General 2

*

*

*

*

Director

14

10

£7,003

£12,500

Deputy Director

79

54

£5,497

£10,000

A1(G6)

238

181

£495

£750

A2(G7)

433

359

£495

£750

A2(L) (SEO)

128

73

£495

£750

B1(HEO)

245

183

£495

£750

B2(EO)

238

189

£495

£750

C1(AO)

198

167

£495

£750

C2(AA)

30

23

£495

£750

1 Payments made are for the financial year indicated but relate to performance achieved in the previous reporting year.

2 Information not provided on grounds of confidentiality (less than five members of staff).

3 DfID did not operate a non-consolidated reward scheme for staff below the SCS.

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