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Housing: Carbon Emissions

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require private building companies to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions; and if he will make a statement. [274425]

Joan Ruddock [holding answer 11 May 2009]: In future, the Carbon Reduction Commitment will incentivise all private and public sector organisations that consume at least 6,000 MWh of half hourly metered electricity per year, including private building companies, to reduce their CO2( )emissions. The final details of the scheme are currently subject to public consultation which closes on 4 June and it will come into force in 2010.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (Communities) is responsible for setting minimum standards for the energy and carbon performance of building works through the building regulations in England and (currently) Wales. Communities has announced that all new homes in England will be NET zero carbon from 2016, with progressive tightening of part L of the Building Regulations towards that outcome in 2010 and 2013. Communities expect to consult shortly on part L changes for 2010.

Government have also announced their ambition for new non-domestic buildings to be zero carbon from 2019. Communities has recently consulted on the definition of zero carbon homes and non-domestic buildings. The need for new legislation to give effect to these policies will be considered at a later stage. The devolved Administrations are working on their own proposals for low and zero carbon development.

Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions his Department has had with the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate on the safety control systems for the design of the generic European Pressurised Water Reactor; and what the timetable is for the assessment of generic design candidate reactors for new nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom. [274631]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Nuclear Installations Inspectorate of the HSE is in the process of assessing EDF/AREVA’s UK European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) as part of their Generic Design Assessment (GDA). During this process the NII has informed officials from DECC’s Office of Nuclear Development (OND) that it has raised issues with EDF/AREVA on the Control and Instrumentation (C&I) systems of the EPR design.

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The NII has raised this matter with EDF/AREVA, both verbally and as a Regulatory Issue (the highest level of technical issue that can be given under GDA), sent on 16 April 2009.

Having a GDA process in the UK allows the regulators to raise these types of issues at an early stage of the assessment process, which is what the NII has been able to do. This then allows the company involved to identify solutions that can be implemented at an early stage of the conceptual design, prior to construction.

We expect the GDA process to be completed by June 2011.

Warm Front Scheme: East Midlands

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who the approved suppliers to the Warm Front scheme in the East Midlands are. [274364]

Joan Ruddock: The following list details installers registered with the Warm Front scheme and able to deliver measures in the East Midlands.

Installer name

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Warm Front Scheme: Lighting

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many energy efficient light bulbs have been provided under the Warm Front scheme in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public purse was in each such year. [255874]

Joan Ruddock: The number of households receiving two light bulbs under Warm Front since 2000 is detailed as follows:

Number of households Total cost (£)

























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