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DIUS (and, before the creation of DIUS, DTI) provides funding for the Research Councils. The Research Councils' spend on these areas was.

£000

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

(a) Wind

482

243

125

1,074

768

(b) Wave and tidal

830

995

1,026

633

1,015

(c) Solar(1)

1,453

1,690

1,764

1,473

2,046

(c) Photovoltaics

2,381

2,676

2,531

2,308

6,472

(d) Geothermal

73

79

106

153

348

(1) Research relating to “light harvesting” in biological process/organisms.

(a) Wind

DTI/BERR/DECC’s spend on the Offshore Wind Capital Grants programme was.


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Financial year Spend (£ million)

2004-05

15.00

2005-06

23.11

2006-07

25.89

2007-08

12.75

2008-09

07.62


DTI/BERR’s spend on the Wind Aviation Interests was.

Financial year Spend (£000)

2005

352

2006

178

2007

66


(b) Tidal

DTI/BERR/DECC’s spend on Wave and Tidal through the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund (capital) was.

Financial year Spend (£ million)

2006-07

0.9

2007-08

0.7

2008-09

0.7


In 2008 BERR also spent £25,000 on Wave and Tidal research.

(c) Solar

Between 2001 and 2006 DTI spent £10 million on large scale and domestic Photovoltaic Field Trials. The amount of money spent is not available on a per year basis.

DTI/BERR’s spend on the Major PV Demonstration programme with a budget of £31 million paid £26 million to projects.

Financial year £ million

2002-03

4.3

2003-04

6.7

2004-05

5.7

2005-06

7.0

2006-07

2.4


DTI/BERR's spend on solar thermal under the Clear Skies scheme was.

Year paid £000

2003

11

2004

164

2005

991

2006

511

2007

389


DTI/BERR/DECC's spend on solar under the Low Carbon Buildings programme Phase 1 scheme to end-February 2009 was.

£000

Solar hot water Photovoltaics

2006-07

560

1,916

2007-08

686

2,379

2008-09(1)

1,083

1,813

Total

2,329

6,108

(1) To end February.

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DTI/BERR/DECC’s spend on solar under the Low Carbon Buildings programme Phase 2 scheme to end-February 2009 was.

£000

Solar thermal PV

2007

14

419

2008

299

4,926

2009

36

650


(d) Geothermal

DTI/BERR spend on ground source heat pumps under the Clear Skies scheme was.

Year paid £000

2003

0

2004

24

2005

323

2006

384

2007

68


The answer excludes details of expenditure that could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.

Renewable Energy: Job Creation

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many UK manufacturing jobs were created in the renewable energy industry in each year for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the number of such jobs to be created in the next 12 months. [263165]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: DECC does not collate employment information for this sector on a year by year basis.

However, a report by Douglas-Westwood Ltd., commissioned by BERR and published alongside the renewable energy strategy consultation document in June 2008, estimated that renewable energy supported between 16,000 and 26,000 jobs in the UK at that time.

The report can be downloaded at:

Sellafield

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken in response to the warning issued by the European Commission to the British Nuclear Group Sellafield under Article 83 of the Euratom Treaty in respect of accounting and reporting procedures in place at the Thorp plant; and if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the Commission’s warning and (b) the UK’s response. [263398]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: A summary of the Commission Decision of 15 February 2006 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 19 September 2006, and can be found at:


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The Decision was addressed to British Nuclear Group Sellafield Ltd. (now Sellafield Ltd.), who lodged an appeal at the Court of First Instance on 25 April 2006, published in the Official Journal on 1 July 2007 at:

Copies of the Decision and the appeal have been placed in the Libraries of the House. We have been
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working closely to support positive and constructive engagement between Sellafield Ltd. and the European Commission safeguards inspectorate to resolve the safeguards issues raised in the Decision, but the exchanges involved are in respect of the legal proceedings arising from Sellafield Ltd.’s appeal of the Decision and remain confidential to the parties involved.


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