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EU Directive 2002/91/EC

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) local authorities will be funded under the new burdens procedure for the implementation of articles 7 to 10 to EU directive 2002/91/EC and (b) the polluter pays principle will apply in relation to the implementation of these articles. (78260)

The EU energy performance of buildings directive will impact on a number of areas of local authority responsibility as it will on other property owners. The new burdens requirement does not apply to policies which apply the same rules to local authorities and to private sector bodies, unless these have a disproportionate effect on local government. My officials are engaging with key stakeholders including local authorities on how the directive will be implemented.

A statutory instrument and supporting regulatory impact assessment is scheduled for early 2007 and a decision on whether the new burdens procedure and funding applies will be taken at that point. Consistent with polluter pays principles this regulatory impact assessment will also include the social cost of carbon when assessing the costs and benefits of implementing articles 7 to 10 of the directive.