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Carbon Emissions: Buildings

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has made an estimate of the average waiting time for work to be carried out under the Low Carbon Buildings programme in respect of (a) schools, (b) hospitals, (c) other public buildings and (d) households in (i) each London borough and (ii) Putney constituency in each year since inception of that programme. (323927)

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme does not collect or collate this type of information. Each grant offer letter is time bounded depending on the type of technology requested, the applicant type (householder applications or communities/schools/other not-for profit organisations) and if new build or retro-fit. Any waiting time will relate to these time scales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the monetary value was of grants awarded under the Low Carbon Buildings programme to (a) schools, (b) hospitals, (c) other public buildings and (d) households in (i) each London borough and (ii) Putney constituency in each year since inception of that programme; (323928)

(2) how many applications for grants under the Low Carbon Buildings programme from (a) schools, (b) hospitals, (c) other public buildings and (d) households in (i) each London borough and (ii) Putney constituency were refused for each reason in each year since the inception of that programme;

(3) what payments were made to the 10 Low Carbon Buildings programme contractors which were awarded contracts of the highest monetary value in respect of (a) schools, (b) hospitals, (c) other public buildings and (d) households in (i) each London borough and (ii) Putney constituency in each year since the inception of that programme; and how many complaints his Department (A) received and (B) upheld about work undertaken by those contractors under that programme in each of those years.

The information requested above is not held centrally nor in a form that is readily extractable. Some information (we do not know if it is complete) may exist as raw data within several databases but our estimates are that for it to be researched and extracted manually from over 25,000 records will require approximately 10 person days.

For this reason, we believe that disproportionate costs will be incurred with no guarantee that the question will be answered successfully.