Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vouchers her Department has provided to her Department’s presenting officers for winning cases at immigration tribunals; what the (a) value and (b) store was of each such voucher; and whether these officers face penalties for losing cases.
Mr Harper [holding answer 27 November 2013]: No vouchers have ever been issued to presenting officers purely for winning cases at the immigration tribunals.
Since July 2012, 11 vouchers have been issued to presenting officers as a one-off recognition of individual performance at court. However, presenting officers’ performance is assessed equally by reference to other relevant factors that include the quality of preparation and advocacy.
The vouchers in question are valued at £25 each, and can be redeemed in a range of outlets. The total cost of these awards is thus £275.
Presenting officers’ performance is managed in accordance with the same performance management policy that applies to all Home Office staff. Where an officer’s overall performance is judged to be unsatisfactory, the Home Office’s poor performance procedure may be instigated.