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For staff at Grade 6 and below :

There are two types of award:


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Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (i) all staff and (ii) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such payments were made. [277358]

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (i) all staff and (ii) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such payments were made. [275256]

Dan Norris: The following table summarises the requested figures for DEFRA and its Executive agencies.

DEFRA RPA VLA CEFAS

Amount spent on end-year non-consolidated performance payments (£)

2,433,775

475,721

84,069

773,747

Amount spent on non-consolidated performance payments for the SCS only (£)

1,300,592

34,371

36,660

32,500

Number of staff (grade 6 and below) who received an end-of-year non-consolidated performance payment

490

565

195

4

Number of SCS staff who received a non-consolidated performance payment

134

2

3

494


The data for DEFRA cover staff in the core Department and those organisations under DEFRA terms and conditions, including Animal Health, the Marine Fisheries Agency, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and those staff who transferred to DECC on 3 October 2008.

The total pay bill for DEFRA was £194.147 million, of which 1.25 per cent. was used for end-on-year non-consolidated performance payments to staff (including the SCS). The median payments were £8,500 for SCS and £2,056 for non-SCS staff.

The total pay bill for the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) was £98.8 million, of which 0.48 per cent. was used for end-on-year non-consolidated performance payments to staff (including the SCS).

The total pay bill for the Veterinary Laboratories Agencies (VLA) was £40.363 million, of which 0.21 per cent. was used for end-on-year non-consolidated performance payments to staff (including the SCS). The median payments were £12,000 for SCS and £207.99 for non-SCS staff.

The total pay bill for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) was £15.547 million, of which 4.8 per cent. was used for end-on-year non-consolidated performance payments to staff (including the SCS). The mean payments were £8,125 for SCS and £1,500 for non-SCS staff.

Non-consolidated performance related variable pay is used to reward excellent performance during the year and are based on a judgment of how well an individual has performed relative to their peers. Performance related pay schemes encourage high attainment because bonuses have to be earned each year. They help drive high performance in Departments and agencies and support better public service delivery.

For the SCS

Non-consolidated performance related variable pay rewards in-year performance in relation to agreed objectives, or short term personal contribution to wider organisational objectives. Such payments are paid in addition to base pay increases and do not count towards pension.

Performance related variable pay is allocated by Departments from a ‘pot' expressed as a percentage of the SCS salary bill, which is agreed centrally each year following the Senior Salaries Review Body recommendations. The intention is that such payment decisions should be differentiated in order to recognise the most significant deliverers of in-year performance.

Departmental Responsibilities

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in establishing a natural hazards team; and if he will make a statement. [278293]

Dan Norris: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister with responsibility for marine and natural environment (Huw Irranca-Davies) on 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 335W.

Departmental Security

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many breaches of security have been reported at (a) Animal Health, (b) the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, (c) the Central Science Laboratory, (d) the Government Decontamination Service, (e) the Marine and Fisheries Agency, (f) the Rural Payments Agency, (g) the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and (h) the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in the last five years; and what procedures each agency follows when a breach of security involves the disclosure of personal data. [276956]


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Dan Norris: In the last five years, the DEFRA agencies listed have reported a total of 104 separate breaches related to losses of electronic equipment and security passes. They did not involve the loss of any personal or protectively marked data.

My Department and its Executive agencies are required to report all significant personal data security breaches to the Cabinet Office and the ICO. Information on personal data security breaches is published on an annual basis in the Department's annual resource accounts as was announced in the Data Handling Review published on 25 June 2008.

Additionally, all significant control weaknesses including other significant security breaches are included in the Statement of Internal Control which is published within the annual resource accounts.

Departmental Stationery

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on the purchase of (a) recycled office supplies in the last 12 months and (b) printer ink cartridges in each of the last five years. [274202]

Dan Norris: The information is as follows:

(a) The only data available for expenditure on recycled office supplies are for paper products inclusive of office paper, envelopes and card. Core-DEFRA spent the following amounts on 100 per cent. recycled paper.

£

2006-07

114,000

2007-08

99,500

2008-09

92,200


In comparison, expenditure on virgin paper products for these financial years was £9,000, £7,500 and £3,800 respectively.

Data from 2005-06 and 2004-05 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

(b) DEFRA outsourced IT service provision to IBM in 2004. Due to the way in which this contract is structured, the figures provided as follows (based on paid invoices) include toner cartridge expenditure for the core-Department as well as the following Executive agencies and NDPBs which receive services from IBM under the e-nabling contract (core-DEFRA, Marine Fisheries Agency, Natural England, Animal Health Agency, Government Decontamination Service, Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Commission for Rural Communities, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution).

Toner spend
£

2005-06

724,023.82

2006-07

653,354.08

2007-08

826,387.29

2008-09

594,313.55


Data for 2004-05 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of office supplies purchased by his Department were
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recycled products in the latest period for which figures are available. [275346]

Dan Norris: The only data available centrally for expenditure on recycled office supplies are for paper products inclusive of office paper, envelopes and card. Core-DEFRA spent the following amounts on 100 per cent. recycled paper products:

£

2006-07

114,000

2007-08

99,500

2008-09

92,200


In comparison, expenditure on virgin paper products for these financial years was £9,000, £7,500 and £3,800 respectively.

Departmental Training

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what training courses have been attended by special advisers in his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost. [279400]

Dan Norris: Special advisers receive training as appropriate to enable them to fulfil their duties and responsibilities as set out in the “Model Contract for Special Advisers”.

Departmental Work Experience

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many work placements his Department offered to (a) school pupils, (b) university students and (c) graduates in each of the last five years. [274486]

Dan Norris: DEFRA has offered 45 university students and 105 graduates work placements over the last five years. We do not keep data on any work placements offered to students between 14 and 18 years old.

The following table provides the breakdown of the numbers over this period.

Type of candidate
University students Graduates

2005

13

23

2006

12

17

2007

10

28

2008

5

22

2009

5

15

Total

45

105


Domestic Waste: Recycling

Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2009, Official Report, column 841W, on domestic waste: recycling, for what reason (a) recycling credits relate only to waste collected in the local authority area and (b) landfill credits may relate to waste collected in other local authority areas. [270193]


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Dan Norris [holding answer 23 April 2009]: The purpose of the recycling credits scheme is to pass on to recyclers the savings their recycling made in disposal and collection costs that would have been incurred by the authority. This means the party doing the recycling is paid by the authority where the waste originated.

The Landfill Tax Credit Scheme is now called the Landfill Communities Fund. It is a voluntary scheme whereby landfill site operators can only claim tax (landfill tax) credits for 90 per cent. of contributions (up to 6 per cent. of their annual landfill tax liability) they make to environmental organisations in support of environmental and community projects. One of the aims of the scheme is to redress some of the disadvantages for those living within close vicinity of a landfill site. The scheme is regulated by Entrust and overseen by HM Revenue and Customs.

Fisheries: Environment Protection

Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the locations are of the six environmentally responsible fishing schemes; and when he expects to publish the results of the pilot scheme. [278889]

Huw Irranca-Davies: The Environmentally Responsible Fishing pilot scheme is running in three locations: Hartlepool, Lowestoft and the Thames Estuary, with a total of 31 participating vessels. They are operating under an EC derogation from quota rules for fishing vessels engaging in scientific research (Article 2.2 of Council Regulation No 40/2008).

The pilot scheme is due to finish collecting data in August 2009. It has generated a considerable amount of important data which are being processed and analysed by our project partners CEFAS (Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) and Seafish. Following completion of this process we anticipate a review will be published towards the end of the year.

Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which individuals and organisations are participating in the Sustainable Access to Inshore Fisheries project. [278890]

Huw Irranca-Davies: DEFRA has recently established the Sustainable Access to Inshore Fisheries (SAIF) Project. The project aims to develop a strategy for long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability in the English inshore fishing fleet. There are a wide range of stakeholders involved in the project, including individual fishermen using small vessels, those involved in larger under 10 metre commercial operations and others with an interest in fisheries and community regeneration issues.

An advisory group has been established to support the work of the project, chaired by Alan Riddell, a former Director for the Department for Communities and Local Government. Alan brings considerable experience of leading regional development and community sustainability. These are issues which are inextricably linked to what we are trying to achieve through SAIF—a thriving and sustainable fishing industry in the future.

I am delighted that the following individuals have agreed to sit on the panel:


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