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EC Environmental Policy

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable was for the implementation of each part of EU directive 2002/91/EC, on energy performance of buildings, in Northern Ireland; and whether a regulatory impact assessment was produced for its implementation prior to the restoration of devolved government. (137575)

Articles 3-6 of EU directive 2002/91/EC were implemented in Northern Ireland on 30 November 2006 through amendments to the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, namely the Building (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (SR 2006 No. 355) and the Building (Amendment No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (SR 2006 No.440). A regulatory impact assessment was produced to accompany SR 2006 No.355. As SR 2006 No. 440 was simply clarifying the intent of the initial amendment, a regulatory impact assessment was not considered necessary for these regulations.

The implementation of the remaining requirements of the EU directive is now a matter that is the responsibility of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland.