Results 121–140 of 7000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Lord Barker of Battle

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Correspondence (16 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: For the purpose of answering this question, various searches of the departmental correspondence system have been conducted. In relation to fuel poverty in the private rented sector, it has been possible to search the records on correspondence received by DECC with the case title “Fuel Poverty”. In the period since May 2010, 657 pieces of correspondence were given this case title. 264 of...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Disciplinary Proceedings (16 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: From November 2010 a single team was established to control the process for all formal disciplinary proceedings being undertaken against civil servants in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Therefore, central records exist only from that date. The proportion of civil servants in DECC who have been subject to formal disciplinary proceedings since November 2010 to date and who...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Disciplinary Proceedings (16 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: From November 2010 a single team was established to control the process for all formal disciplinary proceedings being undertaken against civil servants in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Therefore, central records exist only from that date. The proportion of civil servants in DECC who have been dismissed following formal disciplinary proceedings since November 2010 to date...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (16 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: It is estimated that 1 million households were on social or discounted tariffs in the final year (up to 31 March 2011) before the voluntary tariffs were replaced by the Warm Home Discount scheme (Source: Ofgem's Monitoring Suppliers' Social Programme 2010-2011 Report). The Department does not hold information on those households which included people considered especially vulnerable to...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Equal Opportunities (16 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The Department currently works towards meeting the diversity representation targets set by the Cabinet Office for Senior Civil Servants. Our current rates against those targets are:   Percentage Target (percentage) Females in SCS 34 39 Females at PB2 or above 21 34 Disability 3 5 Ethnicity 1 5

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Equal Opportunities (16 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The Department of Energy and Climate Change considers diversity during the procurement or grant allocation process by including diversity within evaluation criteria when appropriate. Diversity is included when it is particularly relevant to the business requirements and circumstances of an individual procurement or grant. In addition, the Department’s standard terms and conditions of...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Climate Change: Conferences (12 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The UK is represented at senior official levels at the current Bonn Climate Change Intersessional conference. It is a mid-year meeting paving the way for the Lima Conference of the Parties (COP) in December and Ministers do not usually attend the Bonn meetings. I am fully behind reaching a global deal in Paris, am talking to many parties both formally and informally and will attend further...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Climate Change: Conferences (12 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The Bonn Climate Change Intersessional Conference is not expected to finish until 15 June, so we will not have a concrete assessment of the session until then. The meeting is a mid-year one to pave the way for the Lima Conference of the Parties (COP) in December. This meeting in Bonn will focus on negotiations on the new global climate change deal that will be agreed in 2015, on work to...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Climate Change: Northern Ireland (12 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The UK has an open dialogue with the devolved Administrations to discuss matters relating to climate change. This includes consulting the devolved Administrations, including the Northern Ireland Executive, on the UK position on the international negotiations ahead of the annual UNFCCC Conference of the Parties.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Fuel Poverty (12 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The Government is preparing proposals on a new fuel poverty objective for England in line with the provisions of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Health (12 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The National Wellbeing Index contains two measures directly related to DECC's priorities: “Energy consumed within the UK from renewable sources” and “Total greenhouse gas emissions”, where latest data shows the positive impact being made by DECC. For example in 2013, provisional data shows 15% of electricity being produced from renewable sources-a new high. To provide further support...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 (12 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the right hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton (Mr Davey), Ministers and officials have regular contact with counterparts from other Government Departments, including HM Treasury, on a range of issues, including fuel poverty.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 (12 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 has been amended through the Energy Act 2013. In line with the provisions of the amended Act, the Government will lay draft regulations in Parliament setting out a new fuel poverty objective for England. Once the new objective has been made in regulations, we will publish a strategy for meeting that objective. Both the Secretary of State for...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (11 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The average GB wholesale electricity price in January 2013 was 5.00 pence/kWh. By December 2013 this had risen by 2% to 5.10 pence/kWh. The average price for January 2014 was 4.78 pence/kWh. By May 2014 this had fallen by 17% to 3.97 pence/kWh. The average GB wholesale gas price in January 2013 was 2.28 pence/kWh. By December 2013 this had risen by 4% to 2.37 pence/kWh. The average price for...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (11 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The average GB wholesale electricity price in 2013 was 4.98 pence/kWh1. For gas, it was 2.32 pence/kWh2. These prices do not necessarily reflect the costs faced by energy suppliers, who typically buy their energy over a period of time using forward contracts—a practice known as hedging. The particular hedging strategies employed by different suppliers are commercially confidential and not...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Prices (11 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The evidence is clear that living in cold homes can have a substantial range of negative health impacts. We have a strong package of policies already delivering assistance to those in need. These include: the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which funds efficient boilers and insulation measures to low income and vulnerable households and is now guaranteed until at least 2017; the Warm Home...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Waste (11 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: DECC has not made an assessment of the effect of export of refuse-derived fuel and solid recovered fuel may have on the ability to meet renewable energy targets. We are making good progress towards meeting our 2020 target. In 2012 4.2% of UK energy consumption was met by renewables, up from 3.8% in 2011. Our latest estimates suggest that the UK is currently on course to meet our next interim...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Fuel Poverty (11 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change met my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health in February 2014, specifically to discuss how DECC and the Department of Health can work together to tackle fuel poverty, building on previous collaboration.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Climate Change: International Cooperation (10 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: The UK is represented at senior official levels at Bonn. It is a mid-year meeting paving the way for the Lima Conference of Parties (COP) in December and Ministers do not usually attend the Bonn meetings.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Boilers (9 Jun 2014)

Gregory Barker: DECC has introduced the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme to support renewable heating systems. The RHI aims to compensate householders for the additional costs they face when installing a renewable heating system compared to an oil heating system. The domestic RHI is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the gas grid. Incentivising oil and LPG boilers in this context would...


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