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In 2005-06, the delivery bodies referred to in the question achieved the short-term savings aggregated in the following table. These show the results for £18.5 million of all £33 million of projects funded from the BREW programme.
The results must be viewed with caution, since delivery bodies report according to a range of methodologies. Work is under way to improve consistency of this reporting and to apply reporting more widely. The results are only for BREW-funded activities. Some savings will result from these interventions in future years, which are not counted here.
DEFRA has not yet released individual delivery body results for 2005-06. These include some selected long-term results, which are not included in this table. Similarly, work is currently under way to verify BREW programme results for 2006-07. I will deposit both sets of results in the House Library when they are ready.
In his 2006 Budget Statement, the Prime Minister announced the intention to create a new energy and environmental research institute. The Energy Technologies Institute was legally established on 12 December 2007 as a Limited Liability Partnership. Private-sector partners are BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, EON UK, Rolls-Royce and Shell, together contributing up to £300 million over 10 years. Additional private sector partners are being sought to match the Governments commitment of up to £550 million, and to achieve a budget of up to £1.1 billion for the ETI over the next decade.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1270W, on the European Fisheries Fund, whether he submitted the UK National Strategic Plan to the European Commission by 31 December 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: The UK Government are committed to the conservation of fish stocks. The common fisheries policy provides a framework for co-operation at European Union level. We continue to play an active role in negotiating improvements to the policy designed to provide more sustainable long-term fisheries management. We are working to ensure that depleted stocks are recovered and subsequently conserved, while at the same time delivering, in so far as we can, a viable future for the fishing industry.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the value of fish caught by the 10 metre and under fleet in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
|Landings by the UK 10 m and under fleet|
The sharp increase in value in 2006 is a result of the introduction, by UK fishery administrations, of a scheme of registration for buyers and sellers of first sale fish. This has led to improved landings information for the 10 metre and under fleet. Figures for 2006 are therefore not comparable with those from earlier years.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the distribution of 2008 fishing quota to (a) producer organisations, (b) the 10 metre and under fleet and (c) the non-sector; what the estimated value is of this quota; and if he will make a statement. 
Work is under way to allocate UK quotas to industry sectors, but it is not yet complete. It is not possible to make the allocations until final catch data for 2007 are available in order to assess whether penalties or compensation should apply. We also need
to know what quota for 2008, in addition to that allocated to the UK at the December Council, is available. Officials are working to a timetable to make provisional quota allocations by mid April, and final allocations by mid May.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to allow the 10 metre and under fleet to lease quota in 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has identified possible quota swaps to benefit the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: Two international swaps have been completed with Germany and the Netherlands to acquire an additional 150 tonnes of value North Sea sole quota for inshore fishermen operating in the southern North Sea. We are continuing to explore the scope for further swaps to boost fishing opportunities in key 10 metre and under fisheries.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of compliance with regulations and rules for which he is responsible within the seafood and fishing industry in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland. 
Jonathan Shaw: It is difficult to make an accurate formal assessment of levels of compliance due to the diverse fishery activity occurring in our waters. However, during 2006, the last year for which complete figures are available, the Marine and Fisheries Agency undertook some 11,744 inspections, of which 298 revealed one or more offences (some 412 infringements). Compliance in Scotland and Northern Ireland is a devolved issue.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which countries have submitted their European Fisheries Fund Operational Programme to the European Commission; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will accept interim conclusion number IC33 of the Pitt Review and bring forward legislation to update flooding legislation. 
Mr. Woolas: The interim report sets out 72 interim conclusions, on which Sir Michael is seeking views before he publishes his final report. The Government will carefully consider these and respond to him, including the suggestion for legislative change. However, the Government are committed to early action on the urgent recommendations in the reportincluding for better identification of areas at risk from surface water and groundwater flooding. It is committed to bringing forward a complete package of measures that will ensure flood and coastal erosion risk is managed in a sustainable and holistic manner and avoiding a piecemeal approach to managing risk.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of excess payments requested in respect of Warm Front grants has been in (a) Shropshire, (b) west midlands and (c) England in 2007-08. 
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Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on excess payments for Warm Front scheme projects being paid (a) directly and (b) in cash by householders to contractors. 
Mr. Woolas: Clients are asked to pay excess payment contributions directly to the installation company in order that the work can proceed as quickly as possible, and to reduce the administrative costs of another agency handling the payment.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the White Young Green assessment of Warm Front will be made available to hon. Members and the general public. 
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pensioner households in Hendon have received grants under the Warm Front scheme; what the cost of those grants has been; what the average grant was; what grants are available under the scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
The Warm Front Scheme offers eligible households grants of up to £2,700, or £4,000 where an oil system is recommended. For pensioner households not eligible for a main grant, Warm Front offers a £300 voucher towards the cost of a heating measure.
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