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Housing: Inspections

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many qualified domestic energy assessors and home inspectors there are in (a) Eccles constituency, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) the North West. (162708)

The most recent data as at 5 November provide the following information on the number of accredited home inspectors and domestic energy assessors in Eccles constituency, Greater Manchester and the North West.

Home inspectors

Domestic energy assessors

Eccles

15

Greater Manchester

37

218

North West

93

595

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) domestic energy assessors and (b) home information pack inspectors have had to retake their exams in the last 12 months. (165776)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Government plans to extend the home information pack scheme to one and two bedroomed properties; and if she will make a statement. (165780)

I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement ‘Home Information Packs’ made on 22 November 2007, Official Report, columns 140-42WS.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many qualified domestic energy assessors there are in (a) North West Leicestershire, (b) Leicestershire and (c) the East Midlands. (166769)

[holding answer 21 November 2007]: The most recent data as of 15 November provide the following information on the number of accredited domestic energy assessors in North West Leicestershire, Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

Domestic energy assessors

North West Leicestershire

9

Leicestershire

80

East Midlands

421

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of domestic energy assessors required to administer the home information pack scheme in (a) North West Leicestershire, (b) Leicestershire and (c) the East Midlands once the scheme is implemented across the housing market; and how that estimate is calculated. (166770)

[holding answer 21 November 2007]: We set out the criteria for roll out of home information packs (HIPs) to Parliament on 22 May, explaining that we would extend the requirement for HIPs when sufficient energy inspectors were in place nationally and regionally to meet market demand as well as taking into account lessons learnt from the operation of the scheme.

It was estimated that 303 domestic energy assessors would be required to produce energy performance certificates for the implementation of home information packs for all properties in the East Midlands. This was based on the estimated number of properties marketed for sale in the region and working practices of assessors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many qualified home inspectors and domestic energy assessors there are in Bassetlaw; and how many houses were sold in Bassetlaw in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. (167138)

[holding answer 22 November 2007]: As of 15 November, in total there were six accredited home inspectors and domestic energy assessors in Bassetlaw.

According to HM Land Registry data there were 2,573 residential property sales in Bassetlaw during 2006.