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Housing: Energy

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether research has been conducted by her Department and its predecessor into the manner in which the EU directive on energy performance certificates has been implemented in other EU member states. (153717)

The UK is as a member state committed to the implementation of the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings. It participates fully in Article 14 meetings hosted by the European Commission and attends meetings of the Concerted Action network which shares best practice on implementation of the directive.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) enforcement notices were served and (b) prosecutions were brought as a result of non-compliance with the energy efficiency requirements in Part L of the Building Regulations in each year between 2002 and 2007. (153856)

Enforcement of compliance with the Building Regulations is undertaken by local authorities. There is no central register of enforcement notices served or prosecutions brought. In the main, local authorities aim to resolve issues that arise through inspection of and advice to those undertaking work. Enforcement notices and prosecution are generally only used as a last resort.