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Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Warwick and Leamington constituency received a grant through Warm Front in the latest year for which figures are available. (233635)

Between 1 April 2007 and 30 March 2008 the Warm Front scheme assisted 36,530 households in the West Midlands. Over the same period 287 households were assisted in the constituency of Warwick and Leamington.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much was provided in Warm Front grants in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Warwick and Leamington constituency in the latest year for which figures are available. (233636)

Between 1 April 2007 and 30 March 2008, £59,045,105.49 was spent on delivering energy efficiency measures to households through the Warm Front Scheme in the West Midlands. Over the same period, £393,471.65 was spent on delivering measures to households in the constituency of Warwick and Leamington.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many suppliers in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Warwick and Leamington constituency had contracts with Warm Front in the last 12 months. (233637)

DEFRA secured national contracts with the Grahams Group and Plumb Centre to provide heating hardware for the Warm Front scheme. Integral to this process was quality of service, quality of hardware and value for money. All insulation material is secured privately by installers registered on the scheme.

In the Midlands, the Grahams Group has distribution depots in Coventry, Wolverhampton and Newcastle-under-Lyme. Plumb Centre's head office is in Leamington Spa and in the Midlands distribution centres are located in Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, Smethwick, Cannock and Solihull.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in what proportion of cases the Warm Front grant did not meet the full cost of work carried out which qualified for a Warm Front grant in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Warwick and Leamington constituency in the latest year for which figures are available. (233639)

The following table illustrates the number and proportion of households assisted by the Warm Front scheme in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Warwick and Leamington constituency where the required works exceeded the grant maxima and a contribution was requested, in the period 1 April 2007 to 30 March 2008.

West Midlands

Constituency of Warwick and Leamington

Assisted households

36,530

287

Households requested to contribute to the cost of works

11,412

74

Proportion of contribution requests

0.31

0.26