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Maria Eagle: The Ministry of Justice is currently developing a strategy that will enable the office estate to achieve and maintain a carbon neutral status by 2012. To increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in 2008-09 the Department is focusing its efforts on efficient operations and maintenance of the existing estate, while working towards a mandatory energy efficiency standard for new builds and refurbishment as part of Building Research Establishments Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost is for each information technology project being undertaken by his Department and its agencies; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: The DISC contracts provide operational IT systems for the Ministry of Justice headquarters, Her Majestys Courts Service and some areas of the Tribunals Service. These contracts support a portfolio of business change activities which are aimed at improving services to our customers and making them more efficient. The contracts were awarded in 2006 for seven years and their estimated total value is £500 million.
The Department also has a programme of IT enabled business change aimed at delivering improvements across the criminal justice system (CJS) and National Offender Management Services (NOMS). The estimated costs for the programme across the CJS until March 2009 is £64 million. The investment programme for NOMS until 2010-11 is £447 million.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: The Department does not hold a comprehensive record for this information. Those records which are held show that personal digital assistants have been issued to (a) 53 male members of staff and (b) 16 female members of staff.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what land surplus to his Departments requirements it is (a) selling, (b) leasing and (c) intending to (i) sell and (ii) lease; and what the size and name of each relevant site is. 
Maria Eagle: Those properties that represent poor value, do not fit the business or service delivery model, or are surplus to requirement will be reviewed with a view to disposal and re-use of any receipt to provide facilities that are more efficient and better located.
The table lists the properties that the Ministry of Justice has sold in 2007-08 or is in the course of selling, and those we plan to dispose of from 2008-09 to 2010-11. There are plans to grant a lease on one property in Bedford with an area of 6,900 square metres.
Current disposal plans include the phasing out of quarters previously used to house prison staff and some rationalisation where we have courts or tribunals in the same vicinity. Local consultation is required before closure of courts where this would remove the facility from a town.
|Ministry of Justice planned property disposals 2007-08 to 2010-11|
|Asset description||Size (sq. m)|
|(1 )Many of the sites are former staff quarters involving residential property or garages and size details are not available.|
(2) Other sites identified as land include farm land or plots without buildings, often adjacent to prisons.
Not all the entries include book values. Where we are selling land and that land is only part of a single asset e.g. a parcel of land that forms only a small part of a farm, the land being sold will not have an independent asset identity or value. When sold we will offset some value against the main asset for accounting purposes. If we retain land to be sold, for whatever reason, longer than year, it will go on our surplus schedule and will be valued at Market Value whereupon it will take on an asset identity of its own.
Site size is included where known.
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