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Departmental Pay

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (i) all staff and (ii) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such payments were made. [275250]

Mr. Straw: The information requested is as follows.

Staff on core Ministry of Justice terms and conditions (including HMCS, Tribunals Service and MoJ HQ)

Payments of non-consolidated performance pay are paid to high performing staff to reflect their individual contribution during the previous performance year. In the Ministry of Justice, the performance year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Therefore, 2007-08 was the relevant performance year for the payments made during the financial year 2008-09

Staff employed in the NOMS Agency (including Public Sector Prisons)

In the HMPS, the performance year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Therefore, 2007-08 was the relevant performance year for the payments made during the financial year 2008-09

We are unable to ascertain performance payments made for Probation HQ staff who now fall within NOMS (but were within the Home Office during the reporting period) as figures for this group were not separated from the Home Office total.


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Senior Civil Service

For Senior Civil Servants in the Ministry of Justice and agencies (whose pay terms are set by the Ministry of Justice) end of year payments of non consolidated performance pay are allocated by the Departmental Pay Committee in accordance with guidelines issued by Cabinet Office each year following the Senior Salaries Review Body recommendations.

During 2008-09, 159 members of the Senior Civil Service were awarded end of year performance pay. The amount paid was £1,648,000.

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in 2008-09; and what the total cost of such bonuses was; [279228]

(2) how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in 2008-09; and what the cost was of such bonuses. [276477]

Mr. Straw: In year payments of non-consolidated performance pay may be made to recognise one off contributions made by individuals or teams. Information regarding the number and cost of bonus payments is set out as follows.

Staff on core Ministry of Justice terms and conditions (Including HMCS, Tribunals Service, and MoJ HQ)

Payment of non-consolidated performance pay to staff below the SCS may be either ‘end of year’ payments or ‘in year’.

The NOMS Agency

Payment of non-consolidated performance pay to staff below the SCS may be either ‘end of year’ payments or ‘in year’. End of year performance pay is paid to staff who have consistently exceeded their objectives throughout the performance year.

In HMPS, the performance year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Therefore, 2007-08 was the relevant performance year for end of year payments made during the financial year 2008-09.


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The Senior Civil Service

For senior civil servants in the Ministry of Justice and agencies including the NOMS Agency whose pay terms are set by the Ministry of Justice end of year payments of non-consolidated performance pay are allocated by the Departmental Pay Committee in accordance with guidelines issued by Cabinet Office each year following the Senior Salaries Review Body recommendations.

Departmental Recycling

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) volume and (b) percentage of waste his Department recycled in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08. [281047]

Mr. Wills: The Ministry of Justice was created in May 2007, this answer gives the amount of waste recycled for the year 2007-08. The Ministry of Justice is unable to provide the volume and percentage of waste recycled for 2006-07 without incurring disproportionate costs.

The volume of waste the Ministry of Justice recycled in 2007-08 was 15,635.6 tonnes and the percentage recycled was 22 per cent. This information was published in the seventh annual “Sustainable Development in Government Report (SDiG)”:

Departmental Training

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on health and safety training for its staff in each of the last two years. [278143]

Mr. Straw: The expenditure on Health and Safety Training by the Ministry is stated as follows:

£

2008-09

Ministry of Justice HQ

47,366

HM Courts Service

286,805

Tribunals Service

21,523

Office of the Public Guardian

500

Total

356,194

2007-08

Ministry of Justice HQ

60,441

HM Courts Service

293,552

Tribunals Service

19,810

Office of the Public Guardian

500

Total

374,303


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The expenditure incurred is for external training courses, conducted by approved Health and Safety training consultants.

To supplement these external courses, internal Health and Safety training is provided across the Ministry by in-house staff. To obtain an accurate figure for this would incur disproportionate cost.

The National Offender Management Service employs over 50,000 staff in more than 140 locations. At present, there is no single central point for management information relating to health and safety training for staff. To obtain the information requested would involve identifying and contacting sources of information in many different locations and would thus incur disproportionate costs.

Departmental Waste

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the amount of waste arising from his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 (i) in total and (ii) per full-time equivalent member of staff. [281046]

Mr. Wills: The Ministry of Justice was created in May 2007, this answer gives the figure for 2007-08. The Ministry of Justice is unable to provide the estimate of waste arising in 2006-07 without incurring disproportionate costs.

The estimate made of total waste arising from the Ministry of Justice in 2007-08 was 71,060 tonnes. The amount per full-time equivalent member of staff in 2007-08 was 0.76 tonnes based upon 93,385 full-time equivalent members of staff (Ministry of Justice core estate plus executive agencies). This includes waste generated by prisoners within HM Prison Service and visitors within HM Courts Service.

Departmental Water

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the water consumption on his Department's estate in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, (i) in total and (ii) per full-time equivalent member of staff. [280922]

Mr. Wills: The Ministry of Justice was created in May 2007. The Ministry of Justice is unable to provide the information on water consumption for 2005-06 and 2006-07 without incurring disproportionate costs.

Drugs: Misuse

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) probation staff and (b) staff work for the Interventions and Substance Misuse Department. [280830]

Mr. Straw: Of 157 staff currently in post in the National Offender Management Service's Interventions and Substance Misuse Group 10 are probation staff.

Prior to the NOMS Agency being formed in 2008, the Prison Service tended to manage interventions centrally whereas the probation service managed interventions regionally. Hence ISMG, being a central headquarters function, has largely been formed from existing groups that were previously part of HM Prison Service.


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Homicide: Sentencing

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sentence was for offenders convicted of attempted murder or conspiracy to murder in each of the last five years. [280842]

Mr. Straw: The requested information is shown in the following table. The data show the number of persons sentenced in the last five years, for attempted murder or soliciting or conspiracy to murder and the average custodial sentence length (ACSL). ACSL excludes the growing number of indeterminate sentences.

These are given to the most serious offenders and may cause ACSL to appear lower in recent years.

Number of persons sentenced, number of indeterminate sentences and Average Custodial Sentence Length (ACSL)( 1) , for attempted murder( 2) or conspiracy to murder( 3) , 2003-07

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Attempted murder

Total number sentenced

94

96

66

79

87

Total indeterminate sentences

14

14

9

37

44

ACSL (years)

11.3

11.3

11.8

11.8

13.4

Soliciting or conspiracy to murder

Total number sentenced

29

10

13

13

21

Total indeterminate sentences

9

0

0

5

10

ACSL (years)

10.4

10.8

8.6

12.0

6.6

(1) Excludes life/indeterminate sentences
(2) Common law
(3) Offences Against the Person Act 1861 S.4
Note:
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system
Source:
OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice

These data are based on the principal offence. Where an offender has been sentenced for more than one offence, the principal offence is the one for which the heaviest sentence was imposed. Where the same sentence has been imposed for two or more offences, the principal offence is the one for which the statutory maximum is most severe.

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders prosecuted for (a) attempted murder and (b) conspiracy to murder (i) were found guilty, (ii) received a caution, (iii) received a fine, (iv) received a community sentence, (v) were placed in immediate custody, (vi) received a suspended sentence and (vii) received another disposal in the latest period for which figures are available. [280844]

Mr. Straw: Information showing the number of persons cautioned, proceeded against, found guilty, and sentenced (broken down by outcome) for attempted murder and conspiracy to murder for 2007 (latest available) is shown in the table. 2008 data will be available in the autumn of 2009.


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