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John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations his Department has received from (a) Warm Front contractors and (b) recipients of Warm Front grants on the reliability of Ravenheat boilers installed under the Warm Front scheme; what analysis his Department has made of such representations; and if he will make a statement. [267826]

Joan Ruddock: Neither DECC nor its predecessors have any record of representations concerning Ravenheat boilers. However our existing correspondence records only date back to 2007, while the last Ravenheat boiler to be used under the Scheme was installed in 2005.

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many sub-contracts Eaga has let to sub-contractors for installing Ravenheat boilers under the Warm Front scheme. [267827]

Joan Ruddock: Ravenheat boilers are not an approved item under this phase of the Scheme (from 21 May 2005), though may be installed as an ad hoc measure when they are requested by the person applying and judged to be the most suitable option for the property. The last time a request for a Ravenheat boiler was accepted was in 2005: the boiler was installed with no reported faults.

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of Ravenheat boilers installed under the Warm Front scheme which have developed a fault within 12 months of installation. [267828]

Joan Ruddock: The only Ravenheat boiler to be used under this phase of the Scheme (beginning 21 May 2005) was installed in 2005 and there are no reported faults. Ravenheat boilers are not an approved Warm Front item and will only be installed, as in this case, where requested by the client and adjudged to be the best option for the household.

Warm Front Scheme: Contracts

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value is of Warm Front contracts held by (a) Iguana and (b) Lionheart; and how many installations each company has completed under those contracts. [266006]

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Joan Ruddock [holding answer 24 March 2009]: The total number of installations carried out by each company, together with the monetary value of that work, is detailed in the following table. This figure is based on analysis from the present phase of the scheme and runs from June 2005 to March 2009.

Installations completed June 2005 to March 2009 Value (£)

Eaga Heat (formerly Iguana)






Written Questions: Government Responses

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to answer Question 252896, tabled by the hon. Member for Winchester on 26 January 2009, on the Warm Front scheme. [257164]

Joan Ruddock: I responded to question 252896 on 2 April 2009 and apologise for the delay, which was due to departmental reorganisation.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to answer question 248137, tabled on 14 January 2009, on power cuts in Stroud constituency. [264184]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 941W.

House of Commons Commission


Greg Clark: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent progress the House of Commons has made towards the Government's target of increasing its energy efficiency per square metre of the Government Estate by 15 per cent. by 2010, relative to 1999-2000 levels; and if he will make a statement. [266876]

Nick Harvey: While the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate (SOGE) targets do not apply to Parliament, the House has been working to a similar target: to reduce energy consumption by 15 per cent. by 2010-11, relative to 1999-2000.

Progress towards this target has been very disappointing. It is estimated that in 2007-08 the energy consumption per square metre for the parliamentary estate was 6 per cent. greater than in 1999-2000, though the reliability of the baseline information cannot be assured. While this increase is at least in part explained by increased usage of the estate, it is recognised that significant changes are required if we are to meet our commitment to improved environmental sustainability.

The care of the environment has been given high priority within the corporate business plan for 2009-10, and the resources allocated to this area of activity have been increased. A new, senior member of the Parliamentary Estate Directorate staff has recently been appointed to
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lead a reconfigured and strengthened Fire, Safety, and Environment team. A fresh set of co-ordinated environmental initiatives are in preparation, together with a communications plan to ensure the necessary engagement and support of Members and staff. A new environmental policy statement and challenging, yet realistic, environmental objectives will be proposed to the Commission later this year.

Meanwhile, practical steps have been taken to increase energy efficiency. The House Service has, in the last 12 months, reconfigured building management systems; installed new remote energy meters, kitchen ventilation and lighting controls, energy efficient lighting and movement sensors; developed design standards for energy consuming services and conducted building energy surveys. While it will take some time for these arrangements to have full impact, they should help to achieve a marked reduction in our energy consumption.

Parliament: Security

Mr. Hayes: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many staff of hon. Members hold parliamentary passes; and how many such passholders are non-UK nationals. [268793]

Nick Harvey: As at 2 April 2009, in the House of Commons there were 1,657 valid passes for Members' staff. Of these, there were 123 passholders whose nationality is recorded as other than British. There are also 79 passholders of dual nationality where British forms part of the nationality.


Departmental Public Expenditure

Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her latest estimate is of capital expenditure of the Government Olympic Office in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement. [268132]

Tessa Jowell: Although the Government Olympic Executive does not undertake capital expenditure on its own behalf, it authorises the payment of capital grant-in-aid to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The latest estimates of the call on capital grant-in-aid for the four years 2008-09 to 2011-12 amount to:

£ million









These estimates, totalling £3,801 million, are well within the funding provision for capital grant to the ODA over the same period i.e. £4,456 million.

The ODA also receives funding from the Olympic Lottery Distributor, the Greater London Authority and the London Development Agency. Details of contributions can be found in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Annual Report—January 2009.

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The capital grant-in-aid issued to the ODA by DCMS is funded by contributions from the Exchequer and from the Departments for Communities and Local Government and for Transport.

As I said in the annual report referred to above: our financial report shows that with a continued, disciplined search for savings and a sensible use of the contingency funds set aside to manage risks, we remain within budget despite the economic downturn. It will not be exceeded.

Departmental Training

Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much she has spent on media training in each year since her post was created; how many sessions have been provided; and which organisation provided such training. [268559]

Tessa Jowell: Nothing has been spent on media training since this post was created.

Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the monetary value was of contracts awarded to organisations in each region through the CompeteFor website at the latest date for which figures are available. [259334]

Tessa Jowell: To date the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has awarded £3.5 billion worth of contracts to over 880 businesses, and 45 per cent. of the ODA’s direct suppliers are based outside of London.

Procurement for the games is still at a relatively early stage, with the majority of the indirect, supply chain contracts not awarded directly by the ODA yet to become available. Procurement from the ODA’s major contracts will flow down and create opportunities in their supply chains, and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) procurement will begin to come on stream more fully this year, creating more opportunities for businesses to get involved.

CompeteFor was established as the mechanism by which contractors in London 2012’s supply chains could open up their supply chains further than any other games previously, and give businesses across the country access to them, and any support they need to win them.

The vast majority of contracts advertised through CompeteFor will not be public procurements, but supply chain opportunities with London 2012’s sub-contractors: as such we cannot control to whom they award contracts, or the location of these businesses.

The unique value of CompeteFor is also that it sign posts businesses to business support services, not only making them better able to compete for contracts in London 2012’s supply chains but the wider £150 billion annual public procurement spend.

In addition, some of the ODA’s contractors are now beginning to place their some their ‘non-Olympic’ opportunities on to the system, which offers the potential to open supply chains still further.

The London Development Agency encourages CompeteFor contracting businesses to disclose the value of contracts they award, but businesses have a legal
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right to refuse to do so. Of the 140 contracts that have now been awarded to suppliers registered on CompeteFor, 11 contractors have chosen not to disclose contract values. The figures given in the table consequently reflect the contract values that have been disclosed. Where values have not been disclosed this is indicated. In this table, the region is determined by the registered address of the company and in the case of large contractors in particular this may not necessarily reflect which region captures the values of contracts.

To date, over £19 million worth of contracts have been awarded to suppliers registered on CompeteFor across the UK. To 13 March 2009, just over 2,220 contracts had been placed on CompeteFor, with 292 opportunities posted on in the first two weeks of February alone. Over 1,800 of these are tenders which are currently in progress, and a good number are also in the pipeline, so this represents a limited proportion of the contracts that will be awarded.

CompeteFor has now been in operation for just over a year and my officials will be undertaking a review of its performance to date.

Region Number of contracts with undisclosed values Value (£)

Northern Ireland




North East




South West

Plus 2 contracts with undisclosed values


North West




East of England

Plus 3 contracts with undisclosed values


East Midlands


South East


West Midlands

Plus 1 contract with undisclosed values



Plus 5 contracts with undisclosed values


Because many companies work with regular suppliers, it is estimated that direct contractors will have around 80 per cent. of their supply chains already in place when they begin work on the project. Although these contracts will not appear on CompeteFor, UK businesses will stand to benefit. Where supply chains are not already in place, contractors are being encouraged to place as many as possible of their unallocated contract opportunities on CompeteFor, the London 2012 brokerage service launched in January 2008.

Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are to establish competitor training facilities for the London 2012 Olympics in (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland constituency. [267944]

Tessa Jowell: The North West region has 68 facilities in the Pre Games Training Camp Guide produced by London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) for the London 2012 Olympics, three of these designated training facilities are in Cumbria located in Barrow, Carlisle and Kendal.

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There are currently no pre Games training camps listed in the LOCOG guide that are in my hon. Friend’s constituency of Copeland.

Olympic Games 2012: Scotland

Pete Wishart: To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock of 16 March 2009, Official Report, column 815W, on Olympic Games 2012: Scotland, what the monetary value is of the 13 contracts awarded by the Olympic Delivery Authority to firms based in Scotland. [268231]

Tessa Jowell: The Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) total spend to date with the 13 businesses registered in Scotland that it has directly awarded contracts to is approximately £1.8 million. These contracts do not include those awarded to sub-contractors. For example, only this week the ODA announced that work is now under way to lift the roof of the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, the steel for which is being rolled in Motherwell and two locations in England.

The ODA is currently undertaking research into businesses winning sub-contracts in its supply chains, with initial results due in the coming weeks.

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