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Energy Efficiency

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time is for the Eaga Partnership to process a Warm Front grant application. (102677)

The average time across England for a Warm Front survey to take place after the initial contact is made by the applicant is 14 working days.

The average time for completion of applications where heating work is required from initial contact to all measures being installed is 95 working days.

The average time for completion of applications where only insulation is required from initial contact to measures being installed is 48 working days.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the maximum level of Eaga Partnership Warm Front grants available to householders in Cornwall. (103633)

The Warm Front grant maximum (£2,700 or £4,000 where an oil fired heating system is recommended), applies across England, and is subject to regular review.

We recognise that particular issues may arise in a local area and the scheme seeks to overcome those challenges with local representatives and stakeholders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria his Department uses to accredit contractors to carry out work under the Eaga Warm Front scheme. (103634)

All Warm Front installers are contracted by Eaga Partnership under EU procurement rules. This process takes account of the contractor's capability, suitability, financial standing and technical ability.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was allocated to householders under the Eaga Group Warm Front grant scheme in each local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available. (103700)

A table showing the spend by each local authority on Warm Front during 1 June 2005 to 31 March 2006 has been placed in the Library of the House.