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Home Information Packs

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the conclusions and recommendations of the Better Regulation Commission’s report Energy Performance Certificates and Residential Property; and whether home information packs will be introduced on 1 June; (129048)

(2) whether her Department is proceeding with the requirement that energy performance certificates be included in home information packs following the report by the Better Regulation Commission, Energy Performance Certificates and Residential Property, published on 26 February; and if she will make a statement.

The Government have considered the views of the Better Regulation Commission (BRC) as well as the views of a wide range of stakeholders and organisations. We believe that home buyers need up to date energy information on their new home rather than energy information which is up to ten years out of date as the BRC have proposed.

Home Information Packs including Energy Performance Certificates that are no more than three months old at the point of first marketing will be introduced on 1 June. The relevant regulations and supporting regulatory impact assessments were laid before the House on 29 March and came into force on 19 April.