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Community Energy Saving Programme

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the first householders to receive assistance from the Community Energy Saving Programme; what estimate he has made of his Department’s expenditure on the programme in financial year 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (234664)

[holding answer 10 November 2008]: As the primary legislation for the Community Energy Savings Programme is still under consideration in the House it would be inappropriate to comment about possible commencement dates at this stage.

The actual cost of the energy efficiency measures householders will receive will be borne by the electricity generators and suppliers, which we estimate will be around £350 million over the period of the programme.

The departmental expenditure on this programme is in the form of staff costs, to cover both the setting up and management of the programme.