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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.

HM Prison Service

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.


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Non-phase 1 staff

Average hourly rate (£)

Admin Assistant

6.74

Admin Officer

8.26

Catering Manager

12.15

Chaplain Cond Hrs Pay Band 1

13.42

Chaplain Cond Hrs Pay Band 2

12.40

Chaplain CRHA Pay Band 1

14.24

Chaplain CRHA Pay Band 2

11.58

Substance Misuse Worker

10.11

Executive Officer

11.57

Farm Manager

12.98

Instructional Officer

11.62

Medical Officer

31.44

Part-time Medical Officer

27.56

Personal Secretary

9.65

Prof and Tech Officer

12.23

Psychological Assistant

7.64

Scientific Officer

13.27

Senior Medical Officer

36.60

Senior Personal Sec

12.05

SGB 1

7.81

SGB 2

7.01

SGB 2 Cleaner

6.60

Stores Officer C

11.15

Stores Officer D

10.43

Technical Grade 1

10.17

Trainee Psychologist

9.29

Typing Manager

11.43

Typist

7.58

Industrial staff

Industrial Grade 1 Pattern A

10.08

Industrial Grade 1 Pattern B

11.62

Industrial Grade 1 Pattern C

13.39

Industrial Grade 2 Pattern A

9.48

Industrial Grade 2 Pattern B

10.85

Industrial Grade 2 Pattern C

12.49

Industrial Grade 3 Pattern A

8.70

Industrial Grade 3 Pattern B

9.95

Industrial Grade 3 Pattern C

11.41

Industrial Grade 4 Pattern A

7.76

Industrial Grade 4 Pattern B

8.83

Industrial Grade 4 Pattern C

10.26

Industrial Grade 5 Pattern A

7.36

Industrial Grade 5 Pattern B

8.39

Industrial Grade 5 Pattern C

9.75

Phase 1 staff

Senior Manager A

38.95

Senior Manager B

35.13

Senior Manager C

31.28

Senior Manager D

26.69

Manager E

20.17

Manager F

16.24

Manager G

13.88

Unified staff

Assistant Storeman

7.33

Auxiliary

6.65

Night Patrol

6.27

OSG

8.13

Principal Officer

15.94

Prison Officer

12.39

Senior Officer

14.82

Storeman

7.91


It has not been possible to obtain data on the average salaries paid to staff employed by employment agencies contracted to the Ministry of Justice within the time scales or costs available.

Food

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much food waste his Department generated in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; [208136]

(2) how much food waste in tonnes his Department generated in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [212917]


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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

2006 2007

Prisons responding to survey

32

51

Operational capacity

17,416

30,121

Average weekly food waste per prisoner (based on responses) (kilograms)

1.45

1.34

Average prison population for year

79,000

80,000

Weekly waste across prison estate (extrapolated)

115

107

Annual waste across prison estate (extrapolated)

5,957

5,574


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.

Information Commissioner

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 Commissioner’s Office. [213092]

Mr. Wills: In the last financial year, the Information Commissioner’s 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
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old. There are four cases, received prior to January 2007 (i.e. over 535 days old), awaiting allocation.

The oldest freedom of information case currently awaiting classification is 23 days old.

Currently, the oldest data protection case awaiting allocation to a complaints officer is 149 days old. There are no cases prior to January 2008 awaiting allocation.

The oldest data protection case currently awaiting classification is 58 days old. Over 50 per cent. of all data protection casework is resolved at this classification stage.

Prisons: Telephones

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to harmonise the cost of telephone calls made from within prisons with comparable tariffs outside prison. [214411]

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.

Prisons: Video Games

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. [205813]

Mr. Straw: This information has taken longer than expected to gather and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available.

Probation: Manpower

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are employed in the Probation Service in (a) Rhyl and (b) Colwyn Bay, broken down by grade. [214600]

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.

Colwyn Bay Total

Deputy Chief Officer

0.00

Assistant Chief Officer

3.00

Area/District Manager

7.00

Probation Officer

27.93

Trainee Probation Officer

7.00

Probation Services Officer

13.81

Psychologist

0.00

Other Operational Staff

5.00

Support Staff—Administration

27.96

Support Staff—Other

0.00

Other Staff

0.00

Total

91.70


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