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Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what percentage of new television sets sold in the UK have a screen blanking feature; (153782)

(2) if he will make it his policy to ensure that all new television sets have a screen blanking feature.

The Government have no information on the percentage of television sets with a screen blanking feature and no plan to require television sets sold in the UK to include such a feature.

Televisions have been identified as a priority for European action under the Energy Using Products Framework Directive (EuP) which provides a forum for considering options and priorities for establishing energy efficiency standards for energy using products. The Commission expects to bring forward proposals later this year.

The Government are already working with business to promote and improve energy efficiency in televisions, recognising the need to respond to consumer demands in the global market, and to improve information for consumers to help them identify energy efficient products.