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HMPS/NOMS

The period between registration and the award of a BREEAM certificate can take up to two years.

Noted from the above figures that a total of three schemes only have so far been awarded a certificate. Custodial property is currently reviewing this situation to establish the current status of the outstanding registrations with a view to achieving certification.


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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments for a cost in excess of £0.5 million were completed by his Department and its predecessor in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08. [213748]

Mr. Wills: The number of new builds and major refurbishments with a value of excess of £0.5 million completed by the Ministry and its predecessor in (i) 2005-06 (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08 is set out in the following table.

New Builds Major Refurbishments

2005-06

23

33

2006-07

27

51

2007-08

22

56


The answer only takes account of bodies that are within the Ministry's accounting boundary. It therefore excludes NDPBs.

No new builds or major refurbishments with a value in excess of £0.5 million were completed in 2005-06, 2006-07 or 2007-08 in MOJ HQ, the Tribunals Service or the Office of the Public Guardian. There are no records held centrally by NOMS HQ and the National Probation Service on new builds/major refurbishments completed in 2005-06, 2006-07 and none were completed of that value in 2007-08.

Departmental Contracts

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 979-80W, on departmental contracts, on what grounds GVA Grimley obtained a reduction in the rating valuation and business rates bills of those properties which were courts. [213579]

Maria Eagle: The following properties were previously reported as having benefited from a reduction in national non-domestic rating bills:

The following table lists those properties which were courts and the grounds for the reduction in rates bill:


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Court Grounds for rating reduction

Barnet Magistrates Court

Empty rates relief following vacation of building.

Bristol Greyfriars (Bristol County Court)

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition

Bury County Court

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition

Cambridge Magistrates Court

Rateable value reduced due to the temporary nature of the magistrates court building in Cambridge

Manchester County Court

Empty rates relief following vacation of building.

Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court

Empty rates relief following vacation of building.

Northampton Bulk Issue Centre (County Court Bulk Centre)

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition

Nuneaton County Court

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition

Royal Courts of Justice

Rateable value temporarily reduced whilst one building on the site is out of commission for refurbishment

Stourbridge County Court

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition


Departmental Pay

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2007; what the total amount of bonuses paid was; what the largest single payment was; and if he will make a statement. [213301]

Mr. Wills: The core Ministry of Justice employs staff previously employed on several sets of different terms and conditions, each with their own legacy arrangements for bonus payments.

The information provided as follows relates to former Department for Constitutional Affairs senior civil servants and grades below senior civil service level. For the years reported prior to 2007-08, the data exclude payments to magistrates courts staff (who became civil servants in this Department in April 2005, and whose terms and conditions did normally allow for payment of performance or special bonuses), staff in the Tribunals Service and those who joined the former DCA on 1 April 2006 from other Government Departments, about whom information is not available to us for years prior to 2007.

Senior civil service bonuses received during the past five years for staff on former DCA terms and conditions
Paid in calendar year Staff receiving bonuses Proportion receiving bonuses (percentage) Total amount awarded (£) Largest award (£)

2003

43

46

170,557

6,500

2004

69

72

268,900

11,200

2005

105

84

537,687

12,690

2006

118

79

821,750

17,500

2007

116

77

866,500

22,500


No bonuses have yet been paid to members of the SCS during 2008.

Bonus payments to staff below the SCS in the core Ministry of Justice are either ‘performance bonuses’ or ‘special bonuses’.


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Performance bonuses awarded during the past five years to staff on former DCA terms and conditions (not SCS)
Awarded for performance in year Paid in calendar year Staff receiving bonuses Proportion receiving bonuses (percentage) Total amount awarded (£) Largest award (£)

2002-03

2004

1,430

9

572,000

400

2003-04

2005

1,881

13.3

752,400

400

2004-05

2006

1,995

14.1

798,000

400

2005-06

2007

1,848

13.2

739,000

400

2006-07

2007

2,419

16.3

967,966

400

Notes:
1. Performance bonuses are paid to staff who are assessed to have performed over and above the standard expected from them over the course of the whole performance year.
2. Data referring to proportion of staff receiving bonuses refer only to staff on relevant terms and conditions (i.e. only include former DCA and Court Service staff but exclude staff on magistrates courts terms and conditions).
3. Information on performance bonus payments for 2008 is not yet available. These payments are implemented as part of the annual pay award which will be paid in August.
4. The information contained above excludes payments to staff on Home Office terms and conditions who transferred to the Ministry of Justice with the establishment of the Ministry in May 2007. Details of any payments to these staff are included in the answer provided to this question by the Home Office.

Special bonuses received during the past five years for staff on former DCA terms and conditions (not SCS)
Paid in financial year Staff receiving bonuses Proportion receiving bonuses (percentage) Total amount awarded (£) Largest award (£)

2002-03

995

7

253,258

2003-04

447

3.1

343,347

2004-05

1,649

11.6

412,898

5,304

2005-06

1,809

12.8

487,753

5,000

2006-07

3,773

31

894,169

5,000

2007-08(1)

5,327

19

2,348,520

4,000

(1 )Reflects increased staff complement—see note 5.
1. Special bonuses are paid to staff ‘in year’ for exceptional contribution over and above that normally expected.
2. Data shown in the table shows payments for each financial year from 2002-03. Comprehensive information is not yet available for 2007-08.
3. Data covering largest award is not available prior to 2004 when the current recognition and reward scheme was launched.
4. Proportions refer to the number of staff eligible to be awarded special bonuses under their terms and conditions.
5. 2007-08 data covers from 1 April 2007 to 31 May 2008. From 1 August 2007 staff eligible for bonuses under this scheme included staff on former MCS terms and conditions and those staff who joined former DCA from the Tribunals Service.

HM Prison Service became an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice on 9 May 2007.

Information on the number and proportion of staff receiving special bonuses, the total amount of bonuses awarded and the largest payment in each year within the public sector Prison Service is contained in the following table. Payments made to staff as part of the normal staff appraisal system are not included.


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Public sector Prison Service special bonuses recorded 2003-04 to June 2007
Paid in financial year Staff receiving bonuses Proportion receiving bonuses (percentage) Total amount awarded (£) Largest award (£)

2002-03

1,268

3

463,449

4,000

2003-04

1,983

4

740,443

4,000

2004-05

3,375

7

868,594

5,000

2005-06

3,004

6

983,273

15,802

2006-07

2,432

5

873,141

5,000

2007/08

3,607

7

1,571,037

20,000

Note:
Special bonus payments are now administered by the Prison Service's Shared Service Centre. Data are recorded directly through the payment process rather than as a separate manual process as was the case prior to 2007-08. This change in process has lead to the apparent increase in bonus payments in 2007-08. Incorrect coding of bonus payments is also known to have caused some distortion in special bonus statistics.

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