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Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many individual contractors have been appointed to carry out work under the Warm Front scheme. (228395)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessments are carried out before appointing contractors to carry out work under the Warm Front scheme. (228396)

Eaga plc, the main contractor for the Warm Front Scheme, manages the appointment of all contractors to the scheme and complies with EU procurement regulations for all contracted works. The regulations require that offers to tender are placed in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Installers interested in working on the Warm Front Scheme are entered into a fair and transparent competitive tender process. Fundamental to the process are an interrogation of installer policy, compliance with instructions, professional qualification and financial security. Policies interrogated include:

health and safety;

quality assurance;

customer care;

training;

environmental and waste reduction; and

qualification to professionally recognised standards such as Corgi, NICEIC, BBA, dependant on measure(s) bid for.

Given the vulnerable customer base the scheme serves, the bar is set extremely high in terms of safety, customer care and financial probity.

Eaga continually reviews its contractor base and is always willing to receive expressions of interest. The next round of tendering is due to begin on 3 November 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in how many and what proportion of cases the cost of Warm Front work recommended exceeded the available grant in (a) Leicester and (b) nationally and resulted in the householder being asked to pay an excess amount in the latest period for which figures are available. (228397)

The following table illustrates the number of households qualifying for assistance through the Warm Front Scheme and the number of client contributions requested over the period 1 April 2008 and 31 August 2008 in (a) Leicester and (b) England.

Area

Households qualifying for assistance

Households requested to contribute to costs

Percentage of contribution requests of all qualifying households

Leicester, East

455

161

35

Leicester, South

339

105

31

Leicester, West

253

82

32

(a) Leicester all

1,047

348

33

(b) England all

104,507

26,074

25