§ Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what fees were paid in the last year to WS Atkins for the management of the Action Energy programme; and whether the fees paid covered work done to improve the energy efficiency of(a) UK buildings and (b) industrial processes. 
§ Mr. Morley
In July 2002 Defra transferred the Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme to the Carbon Trust who relaunched it as their own Action Energy programme. Action Energy is the UK's main energy efficiency information, advice and research programme for organisations in the business and public sectors.
The Carbon Trust is a private company grant funded by Defra to lead on energy efficiency for the business and public sector and support the development of a low carbon economy in the UK. Contracts held by the Carbon Trust are a matter for the Carbon Trust Board.1759W