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Energy Efficiency

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets are being set for energy efficiency and renewable energy; and if she will make a statement. [102506]

Mr. Morley: In January 2000 the Government announced their aim for renewables to supply 10 per cent. of UK electricity in 2010, subject to the costs being acceptable to the consumer. We believe that renewable sources of energy will increasingly demonstrate that they can meet our energy needs at both an economically acceptable cost and in a carbon free way. On that basis, our aspiration is by 2020 to double renewables' share of electricity from our 2010 target and we will pursue policies to achieve this.

More than half the emissions reductions in our Climate Change Programme—around 10 million tonnes of carbon per annum—is expected to come from energy efficiency. Further ahead, we believe that energy efficiency can contribute around half of the additional 15–25 million tonnes of annual carbon savings we are likely to need by 2020. A strategy for achieving these savings is set out in the Energy White Paper.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many area based sustainable energy projects and partnerships incorporating a Home Health Programme there are; where they are located; what areas they cover; and what their annual budgets are. [103169]

Mr. Morley: Despite a detailed search, my officials can find no record of a Home Health Programme. Turning to sustainable energy projects in general, the majority operate on a national basis, providing assistance to households and communities across the country.

To encourage sustainable energy projects:

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To encourage domestic energy savings and health initiatives:

Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when boiler repairs and replacements were incorporated into measures funded by Warm Front for non-pensioner households; what amendments to the scheme regulations were needed to authorise these measures; what provision there is for service and maintenance of the boilers; and if central heating systems can be funded or part funded through the Warm Front scheme for non-pensioner households. [100162]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 5 March 2003]: Following a public consultation, the New Home Energy Efficiency Scheme was launched in June 2000. The scheme, now marketed as Warm Front, introduced heating measures, boiler repairs and replacements. Only those over 60 on a qualifying benefit are eligible for central heating system installations, under Warm Front Plus.

As a result, the grant maximum increased from £315 to £1,000 in 2000 and to £1,500 in 2001 for under 60s households. The grant maximum for over 60s households is £2,500. Revised regulations were issued to enable these amendments.

All installations under Warm Front are guaranteed for a year by Eaga Partnership and TXU Warm Front Ltd. who manage the scheme. All materials used are guaranteed by the manufacturer for a year, with the exception of storage heaters which are guaranteed for two years.

Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have discussed with TXU Warm Front the use of promotional literature for the Warm Front scheme as a means of selling other goods and services. [100163]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 5 March 2003]: The Government's main programme for tackling fuel poverty in the private sector in England is the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES), now marketed as 'The Warm Front Team'. Warm Front provides

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insulation and heating measures depending upon the needs of the householder and the property type to eligible households.

TXU Warm Front Ltd. is one of the two scheme managers appointed to administer the scheme.

The literature used by TXU outlines measures offered by Warm Front and is not used as a vehicle for selling any other goods or services.

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the total expenditure on warm front grants made in England and Wales in the financial years ending 2001 and 2002 were represented by (a) loft and (b) cavity wall insulation measures. [90811]

Mr. Morley: Expenditure requested as a percentage of total grant expenditure for the warm front scheme in England was as follows:


Cavity wall insulation2922
Loft insulation 1615

The drop in the proportion of expenditure on cavity wall insulation in the second year of the scheme reflects increased activity in the installation of heating measures, which have a higher average cost per household.

The New Home Energy Efficiency Scheme in Wales is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales.

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the average administrative cost associated with each household that benefited under the warm front scheme, as a percentage of the cost of the measures installed in 2001–02. [90808]

Mr. Morley: In 2001–02, approximately 23 per cent. of total expenditure on the scheme related to administration costs, covering surveying, inspections, marketing, energy efficiency advice, installer management and customer support services including the Scheme Managers' call centres.

English Nature

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the administrative cost was of English Nature for each Government Office of the regions in each year since 1999–2000. [102683]

Mr. Morley: English Nature's grant in aid has been £44.68 million (1999–2000), £49.924 million (2000–01), £58.010 million (2001–02), £66.855 million (2002–03). Of this, insofar as spending in the Government Regions, the following has been spent:

Total £000

Government Regional Office1999–20002000–012001–022002–03
East Midlands9799281,1101,120
East of England1,5171,7491,9882,002
North East764635719729
North West1,2931,4101,6081,602
South East1,8512,1532,3342,310
West Midlands9851,0681,1651,169
South West2,3882,6183,1993,244
National (amount spent in EN HQ on the regions10,61811,77114,25314,681
Overall total21,60523,55727,88028,369

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Ethical Banking

Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts have been concluded as a result of the Government's commitment to support ethical banking. [89945]

Alun Michael: Defra predominantly banks with the Bank of England and there have been no other relevant contracts concluded.

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