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Gardens: Heating

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's policy is on the labelling of outdoor patio heaters for energy efficiency standards. (140648)

I have been asked to reply.

Mandatory energy labelling in the European Union (EU) is covered by Framework Directive 92/75/EC, which requires that certain appliances display an energy label where they are offered for sale. This does not apply to outdoor patio heaters.

The European Commission has started a review of the EU mandatory energy labelling scheme and the most recent information we have is that it intends to bring forward a revised proposal in early 2008.

The UK supports the extension of the labelling scheme to a much wider range of energy using products.