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Housing: Energy

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the XML Schema for the proposed register of energy performance certificates. (155709)

The XML Schema for the Register of Energy Performance Certificates forms part of the Certification Scheme and Accreditation Scheme Technical Standards and is publicly available on the Department’s website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/pdf/151075

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with other ministerial colleagues on the provision of policy guidance for the needs of existing homes for energy improvement in any forthcoming policy papers; and if she will make a statement. (155744)

The Government have a wide ranging programme to encourage energy efficiency in existing homes, through policies and programmes run by this Department, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. In line with appropriate practice, any policy guidance issued on energy efficiency matters will be considered collectively. Most recently, for example, Ministers from CLG, DEFRA and BERR jointly issued the Energy Measures report, guidance to local authorities which, amongst other matters, covered how local authorities can promote energy efficiency in their areas.