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Delegated Legislation

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the operation of (a) the Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligation) Order 2001 and (b) the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998; and what recent representations he has received about the operation of each instrument. (77803)

I have been asked to reply.

The Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2001 enabled the Government to effectively implement the first phase of the Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC), an obligation on electricity and gas suppliers to promote improvements in household energy efficiency. It is administered by Ofgem on behalf of Government. The first phase of the EEC is expected to lead to 0.4 million tonnes of carbon being saved annually by 2010. All energy suppliers met their targets under EEC phase 1, allowing 10 million householders to benefit from energy saving measures. The second phase of the EEC came into force on 1 April 2005 under Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2004, and we have not received any recent representations about the operation of the 2001 Order. We routinely meet with energy efficiency industry stakeholders on the operation of the 2004 Order and our commitment to extend the scheme to a third three-year phase.

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with the safety of gas systems and appliances in domestic and some commercial premises. The regime arising from the Regulations is under review and representations are continuing to be received.