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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are in place to ensure that work carried out by contractors for the Warm Front scheme is done by qualified staff.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Installers working on Warm Front must hold current qualifications to professionally recognised standards, such as Corgi, NICEIC and BBA, and as a minimum must carry £10 million Employers and £3 million Public/Products Insurance liability cover.

Installers are audited twice yearly on operational, financial and health and safety practises, which include random checks of works carried out and the qualifications of persons who undertake them.

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