A few facts and figures…

NORTHERN Ireland Office staff received bonuses totalling £686,425 in 2005-06, an average of just over £670 each. Elsewhere, it was revealed that the total annual amount paid in salaries to OFMDFM staff in 2006/07 was £14.4 million. There were no salaries paid to special advisers in the 2006/07 financial year. The total amount paid in salaries to OFMDFM staff in 2005/06 was £14.1 million. This included £61,000 for Special Advisers (though who they were advising is anyone’s guess, as there were no ministers).