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Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date the (a) sale and (b) use of iridescent light bulbs will end; and if he will make a statement. (247677)

Under an implementing measure agreed by EU member state experts in December 2008 under the eco-design for energy-using products directive, though yet to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and Council, all frosted incandescent bulbs and clear bulbs above 100W will be removed from the market by September 2009. A phase out of 75W lamps in September 2010 and 60W lamps in September 2011 will follow, and by September 2012 all other incandescent lamps will be removed from the market. In addition, by September 2016 the least efficient halogen lamps will be removed from the market.

There are no plans to regulate the use of incandescent lamps.

In advance of this measure, a voluntary initiative led by some UK retailers and energy suppliers to remove incandescent lamps from sale began in January 2008 with the phase out of 150W lamps. 75W and 100W lamps will be removed by January 2009, 60W lamps by January 2010 and all others by the end of 2011.

According to the Energy Saving Trust the use of energy efficient compact florescent lamps can save householders up to approximately £60 over the lifetime of each bulb.