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Senior civil servants are required to work a minimum (over a five-day week) of 41 hours in London or 42 hours elsewhere and are required to work such additional hours as may be reasonable and necessary for the efficient performance of their duties. This is reflected in their contracts.
The following figures are calculated on basic pay only. They do not include any allowances or local pay additions. NET hours have been used in the calculations. HMPS pay awards are payable from 1 April annually. These figures do not reflect the 2008 pay award which has not yet been implemented.
Maria Eagle: The Ministry of Justice takes its commitment for effective waste management seriously and is currently implementing a waste management strategy across its estate. Food waste data for the past five years do not exist as the previous waste management system did not record food waste generated separately from general waste.
However, with the overall aim of providing an effective solution to sites with food waste disposal issues, HM Prisons Service (HMPS) has conducted two surveys into waste food at public sector managed prisons. The first survey was initiated in May 2006 and concluded in February 2007. A survey of this nature had not been conducted before and therefore prisons did experience problems in collating data. The second survey was conducted in December 2007 and concluded in January 2008.
The information has primarily been used to identify sites that experienced disposal issues and, consequently, as the foundation for the business case to introduce a sustainable methodology for dealing with this waste stream.
|Results of food waste surveys|
The Prison Service has turned waste into a resource and revenue stream by sorting and selling paper, cardboard, metals and plastics; by reducing the costs of skips for unsorted waste and the costs of waste to landfill; re-using reclaimed items such as clothing; turning food waste into commercial grade compost; and converting used cooking oil into bio diesel for heating and some vehicles. The value of these cashable and efficiency savings are in excess of £3.5 million a year.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 98W, on the Information Commissioner, what the longest period is that a case has been awaiting (a) investigation and (b) classification since the establishment of the Information Commissioners Office. 
Mr. Wills: In the last financial year, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) took 182 days on average to close freedom of information cases from the date of receipt, and 45 days on average to close data protection cases from the date of receipt. Over 50 per cent. of both freedom of information and data protection cases were closed within 30 days of receipt.
The ICO does not hold historical information about the time taken to classify and allocate casework. Its historical reporting focuses on the time taken to resolve casework. However, it is able to provide this information for its current case load.
Currently, the oldest freedom of information case awaiting allocation to a complaints officer is 579 days
old. There are four cases, received prior to January 2007 (i.e. over 535 days old), awaiting allocation.
Maria Eagle: There are currently no plans to harmonise the cost of calls from prison with tariffs in the community. The prison pinphone system is a specific product to ensure safe and secure use of telephones by prisoners. Prices are not currently linked to public rates. The current contract is in place until 2011 and a re-tendering project will commence this year. However, we are implementing reductions for some international calls following negotiation with the provider.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many computer game consoles are available for use by prisoners in prisons in England and Wales; and how much it costs to provide them. 
Mr. Hanson: Information on the number of staff employed in the probation service in Colwyn Bay is shown as follows. The figures are full-time equivalent broken down by grade as at 31 May 2008. The Rhyl Probation Office closed in 2006 and all staff relocated to Colwyn Bay.
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