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All members have sat on the board since the start of the current contract in 2005, with the exception of Consumer Focus who were invited to the board in 2008 after the previous consumer advocacy member, Energy Watch, was disbanded. Members do not have a fixed term of appointment.

Individuals representing a member organisation may change from meeting to meeting. Members may also request permission to bring along technical representatives for certain agenda items.

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract between his Department and Eaga for the management of the Warm Front scheme. [257475]

Joan Ruddock: The release of this information would prejudice commercial interests.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how his Department assesses the value for money of services provided under the Warm Front scheme. [265378]

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Joan Ruddock: The Department employs independent quality assessors White Young Green who audit all aspects of Warm Front delivery to assess whether it provides value for money. This includes regular six monthly audit reports, as well as ad hoc projects which have included two reviews of Warm Front pricing.

The National Audit Office has also recently completed a Value for Money report on Warm Front, which is available from its website.

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average grant awarded under the Warm Front scheme was in each year since 2000. [266140]

Joan Ruddock: The following table shows the average grant awarded to applicants to the Warm Front scheme since the beginning of its current phase in 2005. Consolidated data prior to 2005 are unavailable as the scheme was administered by two agencies, one of which is no longer involved with the scheme. As such, the data retained are not sufficient to provide an accurate average in earlier years.

Scheme year Average grant (£)









Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people awarded Warm Front grants in (a) Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England were asked to make an excess payment in 2008. [267763]

Joan Ruddock: The data showing the number of people awarded Warm Front grants in (a) Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England asked to pay a client contribution are given in the table. This is based on the most recent information available: the data run from 1 April 2008 to 6 March 2009.

Area Number of people asked to pay a contribution Households assisted




West Midlands






Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average waiting time for work under the Warm Front scheme to be completed in the latest period for which figures are available. [268227]

Joan Ruddock: The average waiting times since the start of the current scheme in 2005 until 28 February 2009 are detailed as follows. These waiting times are within the Department's contractual guidelines, which state that heating measures will be installed within 120 days of survey and insulation measures within 40 days.

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2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09














Blood: Contamination

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inquests into the deaths of people who contracted (a) HIV, (b) Hepatitis C or (c) variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease through contaminated blood products administered to them under the NHS have been completed; and if he will make a statement. [269757]

Bridget Prentice: The Ministry of Justice collects statistics on the verdicts returned at inquests by coroners in England and Wales during each calendar year, broken down into 15 categories of verdict and the sex of the deceased. No further information is collected on the circumstances of each case. (In a reformed system, the Chief Coroner is likely to review the matters on which annual statistics are collected and published, and is likely to consider whether there are specific issues on which occasional research should be carried out.)

Courts: Repairs and Maintenance

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 1119W, on courts: repairs and maintenance, how much was spent on the refurbishment of court buildings in each of the last three years, excluding expenditure on the Royal Courts of Justice and on the Crown Court at Isleworth. [266177]

Mr. Straw: Altogether in 2008-09 £47 million was spent by HMCS on maintenance at all courts, £27 million on projects to increase capacity and to rationalise the estate (and £75 million on major new builds). HMCS does not define ‘refurbishment projects’ as a specific programme of work. Expenditure for the last three financial years from the maintenance and capacity programmes which could be classed as ‘refurbishment’ is as follows.

Financial year Expenditure (£ million)







This is mainly made up of the following projects:

£ million

Warwick Criminal Justice Centre (South)


Shoreditch/Clerkenwell County Courts


Hendon Magistrates Court


Regional refurbishment spend


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Departmental Buildings

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what properties (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies have sold since his Department’s inception; and how many have been sold for housing developments. [267556]

Mr. Malik: Since the Ministry of Justice’s inception on 9 May 2007, there has been no sale of property from the Department or its non-departmental bodies. There have however, been 61 sales of property from its agencies.

Her Majesty’s Courts Service has sold 11 properties. They are:

Her Majesty’s Prison Service has made 50 sales which are nearly all of former quarters but also include a garage, a lease and a sewage treatment works. They are:

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In all, four properties have been sold for housing development. The Epsom county court and magistrates court were purchased with the intention of the site being used for additional housing development, as was the land at the rear of the Marylebone magistrates court site. The sale of HMPS land at Gringley has been sold for housing development.

Departmental Empty Property

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the change in the annual cost to his Department of maintaining the empty public buildings owned by his Department as a result of the April 2008 changes to empty property rate relief. [267126]

Maria Eagle: The estimate of the change in the annual cost to the Ministry of Justice as a result of the April 2008 changes to the empty property rate is £804,081. The cost is made up as follows:


Her Majesty’s Court Service


National Offender Management Service (non-custodial)


Her Majesty’s Prison Service


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