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Low Carbon Buildings Programme

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many low carbon buildings programme grants he estimates will be made between March 2008 and the end of 2008-09. (202959)

At present, there are on average 200 householder grants offered per month under the low carbon buildings programme phase 1. On this assumption, we will allocate a further 2,400 grants up to the end of March 2009. Our projections of future uptake estimate around £27 million of low carbon buildings programme phase 2 grants allocated between March 2008 and March 2009. However, it is difficult to predict future take up with certainty given the many factors involved.

We continue to work towards increasing grant uptake through promoting the programme and increasing awareness of LCBP and the technologies it supports.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in respect of which types of public buildings applications for grants under the low carbon buildings programme have been made. (202960)

There have been applications for grants under the low carbon buildings programme involving public buildings in following categories:

Low carbon buildings programme phase 1

Community buildings/ day centres

Emergency services

Further education—universities, colleges and academies

Hospitals

Libraries/museums/galleries

Offices

Primary health care buildings

Primary schools

Prisons

Religious buildings

Residential/housing developments

Secondary schools

Social clubs

Sports centres/leisure centres

Theatres/cinemas/music halls and auditoria

Warehouses and storage

Workshops/maintenance depots

Other

Low carbon buildings programme phase 2

Local groups with constitutions

Local authorities

School

University

Housing association/trust

Others (ALMO's—arms length management organisations)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of funding from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme has been spent on (a) public buildings, (b) charity-owned buildings and (c) private homes since the programme was launched. (202964)

The proportion of funding from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme which has been spent on public buildings, charity owned buildings and private homes is as follows:

LCBP phase 1

Number of grants paid

Value of grants (£)

Percentage of LCBP phase 1

Private homes

4,427

6,963,828

89

Charity buildings

11

113,939.84

1

Public buildings

40

522,908.35

7

LCBP phase 2

Number of grants paid

Value of grants (£)

Percentage of LCBP phase 2

Private homes

0

0

0

Charity buildings

28

284,529

12

Public buildings

130

2,071,643

88

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of available grant funding under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme has been spent on solar photovoltaic power generation and wind turbines. (202974)

From a total budget of £86 million available under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme we have spent £10,149,701 to date of which £6,225,108.98 has been spent on solar photovoltaic power generation and £1,326,393.91 on wind turbines.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many private householders applied for grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in each year since 2006. (202995)

The total number of householders who have applied for grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to date is 8,954. The breakdown by year is shown as follows:

Number of householder applications received

2006

5,129

2007

2,916

2008

909

Total

8,954

Although demand to the programme has fallen, the changes made at the re-launch in May 2007 have helped ensure that we are seeing a better quality of application to the programme that is more likely to complete.

We recently announced that the household stream has been extended to June 2010 for new applications or as long as funds are available. We believe this extension combined with changes to planning requirements will provide an excellent opportunity to encourage uptake in the grants going forward.

Further details are available at:

www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects all funds available from the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to be taken up; and what he anticipates will be the likely replacement of the programme once all funds available from it have been taken up. (203104)

We have currently committed £30 million to 6,300 projects under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. Going forward it is difficult to predict with certainty exactly when all funds will be taken up. We are continuing to promote the programme working closely with the programme managers and other stakeholders to increase take up.

We recently announced that the household stream of the programme has been extended to June 2010 for new applications or as long as funds are available, whichever is sooner. We believe the extension gives business longer term certainty and is an excellent opportunity to encourage uptake in microgeneration technologies along with changes in planning requirements, which came into effect on 6 April.