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Warm Front Scheme

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1369W, on the Warm Front Scheme, what average sum was paid by Eaga to its suppliers for (a) energy efficiency light bulbs, (b) draught proofing and (c) hot water tank jackets in the latest period for which figures are available. (289723)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households have received a product of financial value through the Warm Front scheme in each year since 2002. (289793)

The number of households assisted through the Warm Front scheme in each year since 2002 is set out in the following table:

Scheme year

Number of households assisted

2002-03

219,328

2003-04

188,974

2004-05

208,084

2005-06

173,184

2006-07

253,079

2007-08

268,900

2008-09

233,594

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the amount of Eaga’s Warm Front hardship fund has been in each year since 2000. (289880)

Since 2006 Eaga plc has provided financial assistance to some of those Warm Front clients who were unable to meet the cost of an excess contribution required for work to be done. The amounts spent by Eaga, in this respect, in each year since 2006 are provided in the following table:

Fund (£000)

2006-07

759

2007-08

1,262

2008-09

914

Total

2,935

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects mid-contract renegotiations with Eaga on the Warm Front scheme to have been completed; and if he will make a statement. (289881)

I refer the hon. Member to my letter of 21 July 2009 concerning the contract to manage the Warm Front Scheme between the Department and Eaga. I will arrange for a copy of this letter to be placed in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 333W, on the Warm Front scheme, what process was used to select Procuritas to review his Department's management of its contract with Eaga. (290030)

The appointment of Procuritas was undertaken following a review by DEFRA policy, legal and procurement advisors of those organisations with the capacity, skills and resource able to complete the work to the required timescale.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 333W, on the Warm Front scheme, what the monetary value is of the contract between his Department and Procuritas. (290031)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 333W, on the Warm Front scheme, if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract between his Department and Procuritas. (290032)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 503W, on the Warm Front scheme, what the average cost of supplying energy-efficient light bulbs is to a customer who receives only that service under the Warm Front scheme. (290033)

The cost of providing two compact fluorescent light bulbs under the Warm Front Scheme is currently £8.32 per household.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 503W, on the Warm Front scheme, which months were included in the calculation of the figures given for 2008-09. (290034)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, column 410W, on the Warm Front scheme, at which point in the procurement process his Department ceases to be a party to the contract for the supply of heating materials used in Warm Front scheme installations. (290277)

The responsibility for the procurement of heating materials used under the scheme lies with Eaga plc, the scheme administrator.

The Department was party to the contracts for the supply of heating materials until they were novated to Eaga plc. The dates at which the contracts with each contracted supplier were novated to Eaga were 1 April 2008 and 2 March 2009 for Wolseley and Graham Group respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who undertook contractual inspection work under the Warm Front Scheme before the inception of the technical inspector qualification; and how many people have obtained that qualification. (291833)

Prior to September 2009, 76 individuals had undertaken inspection work for Warm Front.

By 1 May 2010 all Warm Front inspectors will require a higher level of Gas Safe qualification. The process of assessing training requirements of current inspectors is still underway.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will commission a review of Eaga’s performance in carrying out its contractual obligations for the Warm Front scheme; and if he will make a statement. (291131)

[holding answer 14 September 2009]: DECC has recently completed a review of the contract with the main contractor and Scheme administrator, Eaga plc. This has resulted in a revised set of contractual arrangements between DECC and Eaga which will result in increased value for money and improvements in the service Warm Front provides to its customers.

DECC performs monthly reviews of Eaga’s performance against contractual service level indicators. In addition DECC commissions regular audits to ensure Warm Front is delivered in accordance with contractual requirements.