To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the prospects for an underspend in the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme; and whether he plans to reallocate any such underspend to support domestic renewable heating technologies.
We are likely have an underspend in 2011-12 for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme against the sums indicated as being available for this scheme. The Government have already reallocated funding this financial year from the part of the scheme which provides vouchers to householders to the part supporting projects for renewable heating in social housing.
Where Government have been authorised to spend monies for a particular purpose in a particular year, all spending has to be shown to have been used for that purpose in that year in line with the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000, as amended. This means underspends in any one financial year cannot be reallocated to a different financial year.