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Building Regulations

Volume 698: debated on Thursday 7 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the 2005 report of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on Housing: Building a Sustainable Future, whether they plan to encourage companies that insure newly built homes to include part L of the building regulations, relating to energy and water efficiency, in their policies. [HL1388]

We have no current plans to do so. Companies that insure newly built homes are private companies and the Government do not seek to influence what should be in their policies. Under current legislation it is the function of building control bodies, comprising both local authority building control and private sector approved inspectors, to ensure that any building work complies with all of the requirements of building regulations, and there is no current intention to alter this position.