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Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid to firms involved in the Warm Front scheme. (197041)

Warm Front spend since the scheme’s inception in 2000 is outlined as following:

Scheme year

Approximate total spend/budget (£ million)

2000-01

72

2001-02

197

2002-03

163

2003-04

164

2004-05

166

2005-06

192

2006-07

320

2007-08

350

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are in place to ensure that work carried out by contractors for the Warm Front scheme is done by qualified staff. (197042)

Installers working on Warm Front must hold current qualifications to professionally recognised standards, such as Corgi, NICEIC and BBA, and as a minimum must carry £10 million Employers and £3 million Public/Products Insurance liability cover.

Installers are audited twice yearly on operational, financial and health and safety practises, which include random checks of works carried out and the qualifications of persons who undertake them.