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Carbon Trust

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Carbon Trust was in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10; what it is planned to be in 2010-11; and how much of that funding was from his Department in each year. (289722)

The Carbon Trust is a private company and receives income from a number of sources.

The amounts grant funded by DECC (and previously by DEFRA and by DTI/BERR) to the Carbon Trust in 2007-08 and 2008-09 are as follows:

£ million

DEFRA/DECC

DTI/BERR

2007-08

90.7

0.73

2008-09

89.063

0.97

In 2009-10, the Carbon Trust will receive up to £84.53 million in core grant funding from DECC. The trust will also receive up to £121.6 million of additional funding in 2009-10 specifically to deliver low interest loans to small and medium enterprises and public sector bodies (through Salix Finance), as announced in Budget 2009. The trust may also receive further funding for specific activities from the low carbon investment funding announced in Budget 2009.

The trust’s budget for 2010-11 has not been finalised as this forms part of DECC’s wider decisions on funding allocations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding the Carbon Trust has provided for (a) local authorities, (b) NHS bodies, (c) higher and further education institutions and (d) other public bodies in (i) Stoke-on-Trent and (ii) North Staffordshire in the last 12 months. (291802)

The Carbon Trust has worked with a range of public sector organisations in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire including schools, local authorities and NHS organisations to provide carbon management and energy efficiency advice.

The Carbon Trust has advised me that it is not possible to provide a funding breakdown for these specific locations.