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Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of excess payments requested in respect of Warm Front grants has been in (a) Shropshire, (b) west midlands and (c) England in 2007-08. (177004)

Between 1 April and 30 November 2007, the following client contributions were requested under the Warm Front scheme:

£

Area

Total value of excess requirements

Shropshire

288,347.38

West midlands

4,031,045.68

Total

23,609,213.88

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on excess payments for Warm Front scheme projects being paid (a) directly and (b) in cash by householders to contractors. (177008)

Clients are asked to pay excess payment contributions directly to the installation company in order that the work can proceed as quickly as possible, and to reduce the administrative costs of another agency handling the payment.

The preferred method of payment for both parties is a matter for the client and the contractor.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the White Young Green assessment of Warm Front will be made available to hon. Members and the general public. (177671)

Two recent reviews of Warm Front pricing will be made available on the DEFRA website by the end of February.

Other Warm Front quality assessment reports can be requested from my Department.