All highly paid public officials now disclosed

Road sign on Whitehall The salaries were revealed as part of a pledge to give the public more access to official information

The government has released the names of highly paid civil servants which were previously kept secret.

Last year ministers decided to publish the broad salary details of individuals working for public bodies who earned over £150,000 annually.

But when it issued the list in July 2010, the Cabinet Office said it was omitting 24 individuals who had objected to their salaries being publicly revealed.

The Cabinet Office has today been forced to disclose these names, after being instructed to do so by the information commissioner. This followed a freedom of information request for their identities made by the BBC. They are:



Geoffrey Sellers

Cabinet Office

John Sellers

Cabinet Office

Daniel Greenberg

Cabinet Office

B Richardson

Cabinet Office

David Chapman

Civil Aviation Authority

Daniel Bethlehem

Foreign Office

Keith Luck

Foreign Office

John Reid

Health Protection Agency

Robert George

Health Protection Agency

Barry Evans

Health Protection Agency

Barry Cookson

Health Protection Agency

Angela Iverson

Health Protection Agency


Health Protection Agency

Robin Dormer

Law Commission

Annette Vernon

Home Office

John Collington

Home Office

Vince Gaskell

Home Office (IPS)

Sir Paul Kennedy

Home Office

Sir Peter Gibson

Home Office

Celia Carlisle

Olympic Delivery Authority

Ian McKinley

Pension Protection Fund

Nick Carter

Personal Accounts Delivery Authority

Mark Fawcett

Personal Accounts Delivery Authority

Nick Sex

Personal Accounts Delivery Authority

Stephen Soper

Pensions Regulator

Geoff Cruickshank

Pensions Regulator

Richard Thomas

Pensions Regulator

This information relates to last year when the main list was published, so some of these people have left their jobs since. For example this includes Daniel Bethlehem, who was the Foreign Office's chief legal adviser.

Lawyers feature strongly in the list. The four Cabinet Office names were all parliamentary counsel, who draft legislation. At least one of them, Daniel Greenberg, no longer works there.


This list actually refers to 27 individuals. The Cabinet Office says that it was previously unaware of two Health Protection Agency staff who earned over £150,000, and that it miscalculated the remaining total as 24 when it should have been 25.

The Cabinet Office insists that it still does not know the name of one of the HPA staff who was in this earnings bracket, as the agency will not inform the Cabinet Office of the person's identity.

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The Cabinet Office also now states that it cannot be assumed that all these individuals themselves personally declined to have their salaries published.

For example, it indicates that it was the Home Office which did not want this data released for Sir Paul Kennedy and Sir Peter Gibson.

Although the government was forced into publishing this information, I suspect it may not be too unhappy to have received the commissioner's ruling that it should override the wishes of any individuals who did not want their high salaries to be disclosed.

It may assist the centre of government in its disputes with other parts of the state and some civil servants over the transparency agenda.

Update, 17:13: The Health Protection Agency state that the unnamed individual involved has left the agency and moved abroad, and that is why they will not reveal who it is.

Sir Paul Kennedy (the Interception of Communications Commissioner) and Sir Peter Gibson (the Intelligence Services Commissioner) are paid on a pro rata basis in line with judicial salaries that would take them over £150,000 annually on a full-time basis.

Martin Rosenbaum, Freedom of information specialist Article written by Martin Rosenbaum Martin Rosenbaum Freedom of information specialist

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    Comment number 11.

    We need to know how much these people get, after all we the tax payer are the one pays their salaries. Secondly it's very odd to me, all these guys wanted to stay anonymous why? we also need to know the name of the person that supposedly left the country it's sounds VERY fishy!!!...

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    Comment number 10.

    What about the 'endangered' QUANGO chiefs. Are they covered by this new policy direction?

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    Comment number 9.

    What purpose does knowing another person's salary serves? Is it as to compare what those with recycled ideas receive as opposed to those who have original ideas earn? Is it about the rhetoric of bad judgements? Is it about the mysoginy on which society relies so heavily (2 women only in the list)? Is it about the practical corruption versus the theoritical anti discrimination laws?
    What is it?

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    Comment number 8.

    How much does the PM get paid? The PM will be taking a salary of £142,500.
    How much do Cabinet Ministers get paid?
    Cabinet ministers salary of £134,565 (including MP's salary of £65,738). How much does the Speaker get paid? The Speaker is paid ame as cabinet minister.
    So, how do listed/unlisted persons get above £150,000 annually?
    Who else is asking the question, except me?


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    Comment number 7.

    What is the annual salary of an MP?
    £65,738 as of 1 April 2010
    Do MPs pay tax on their salary?
    Yes. MPs pay the same rates of taxation & National Insurance as any other employed person.
    Can MPs claim allowances?
    Yes. MPs can claim allowances to cover, for example, staff costs, travel expenses & cost of running an office.
    And the latter is where the great debacles tend to occur.


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