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Office of Rail Regulation: Energy

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificate and (b) advisory report for public buildings issued in respect of each property occupied by the Office of Rail Regulation. (289853)

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) leases a portion of the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) central London estate to house its headquarters functions. The CAA manages the accommodation and has stated its intent to adhere to the arrangements being made for the private sector under the Government’s carbon reduction commitment rather than the display energy certificate (DEC) requirement for public buildings.

The ORR rents desk space for 14 regional offices from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under a memorandum of terms of occupation. DECs and advisory reports for those buildings which fall under the DEC requirement will be placed electronically in the Libraries of the House. A DEC is to be obtained in 2009 for two of the buildings and will be placed in the Libraries of the House when available. Three of the buildings are below 1,000 square metres so are outside the scope of the DEC requirement.

The ORR directly leases an office in Glasgow. However, due to its small size it is also outside the scope of the DEC requirement.