To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(1) what funding her Department has provided for the Warm Front programme in each year of that programme, including the current financial year;
(2) when she expects to be able to announce the level of funding for the Warm Front programme in the (a) next financial year and (b) future years of the scheme.
The level of expenditure under Warm Front since the start of the scheme is as follows: 2000–01—£72 million; 2001–02—£197 million; 2002–03—£163 million. For the current financial year, 2003–04, £152 million has been allocated to Warm Front.
Decisions on future funding of the scheme will be considered during the normal Government spending round process and announcements will be made after final decisions have been taken.