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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2009, Official Report, column 84W, on departmental internet, what the (a)
names and (b) versions are of the web browsers used on the (i) desktop machines and (ii) laptop computers used by his Department's (A) Permanent Secretary, (B) chief information officer, (C) head of communications and (D) head of finance. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timescale he has set for completion of his Department's proposed accommodation relocation and rationalisation project; which potential locations have been shortlisted; whether he proposes to build the proposed office accommodation under a private finance initiative scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Straw: The Ministry of Justice is developing a feasibility study and business case for potentially establishing a national justice centre hub for HQ functions that do not need to be based in central London.
The long-term objective is to reduce the high cost London presence and to focus London based activity to business critical requirements of supporting Ministers and conducting core strategic policymaking.
A thorough process is being undertaken and a set of criteria is currently being established with the close involvement of both the Office of Government Commerce and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
The criteria are wide ranging covering not only value for money considerations but also the socioeconomic impacts, local and regional partnerships, labour market and career opportunities, transport links and sustainability, health and social factors as well as others.
Mr. Wills: The average length of service for each responsibility level within MoJ, including the public sector Prison Service and National Offender Management Service Headquarters (NOMS) is shown in the following table.
The current MoJ (excluding NOMS) pay band structure was introduced on 1 August 2007, as part of the pay deal. This resulted in the amalgamation of Grades 6 and 7. As a result of this change, it is not possible to report separately on these grades.
|Ministry of Justice length of service as at 31 July 2009|
|Responsibility level||Average length of service (years)|
| Source: Oracle HR systems (NOMS + MoJ HQ)|
Mr. Straw: As working for me as a Special Adviser is, I am told, pure pleasure and stress free, my Special Advisers work exceptionally long hours, often at weekends and late into the evening without complaint, and have not therefore felt the need which they otherwise might to complete timesheets to show that I was sweating their labour.
Mr. Straw: The Ministry of Justice (MOJ)'s Resource Accounts 2008-09 stated that for the year ended 31 March 2009, the MOJ was responsible for nine executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs). Due to Machinery of Government changes, the MOJ has not been responsible for all of these nine NDPBs during the last three years. Advisory NDPBs have not been included in this answer as the data are not readily available centrally. Please see the link below for further information about MOJ sponsored bodies, correct as of March 2009 at:
|(1) Figures are taken from the Main Estimate of each respective year. 2007-08 figures are for the Department for Constitutional Affairs as opposed to the Ministry of Justice.|
(2) The source of funding to the Office for Legal Complaints and Legal Services Board is a levy upon the legal industry as per the Legal Services Act 2007 and so MOJ funding will be reimbursed.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many properties owned by his Department were liable for payment of (a) business rates and (b) empty property rates in each of the last five years; and what the total rates liability was in each year. 
|Gwydyr House, 65 Whitehall, SWIA 2NP||Abell House, John Islip Street, London SWIP 4LH||Cleland House, Page St, London, SWIP 4LN||Ashley House, Monck St, London, SWIP 2BQ|
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff took paternity leave from his Department in each of the last five years; and what the average duration of such leave was. 
Mr. Wills: The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) allows new fathers to take up to 10 working days paternity leave providing they meet the qualifying criteria including continuous employment for at least 26 weeks.
Information from 2006-07 to present is shown in the following table but it should be noted the data are recorded using calendar days and cannot be converted to working days. Earlier figures were not held centrally.
|Annual paternity statistics for Ministry of Justice (excluding National Offender Management Service (NOMS))|
|Number of staff||Average number of days (calendar)|
The information requested for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is not held centrally and to obtain it would entail manually examining large numbers of individual files at a disproportionate cost.
|(1) In 2007-08, expenditure by certain parts of the Department-the Office of Criminal Justice Reform in Ministry of Justice headquarters, and headquarters functions within the current NOMS agency-were recorded on the Home Office's accounting system, reflecting the way functions were organised prior to 9 May 2007. Details of this expenditure could be obtained only from Home Office systems at disproportionate cost. The 2007-08 NOMS figure reflects expenditure by the former HM Prison Service agency only.|
In addition to this factor, the increase in expenditure reflects increases in postal charges from April 2008 and a greater use of tracked services including recorded post and courier services, reflecting an increased concern for data security when posting information.
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