Energy Act: Letter

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your list of new parliamentary Acts is incomplete (report, 26 July). The 1996 Energy Conservation Bill completed its parliamentary procedure, and awaits royal assent.

Unusually it was sponsored by a Labour MP (Alan Simpson), and was (equally unusually for a successful Private Member's Bill) not originated by the Government. It extends the 1995 Home Energy Conservation Act - again a genuine Private Member's initiative - to give local authorities duties to create plans to cut fuel consumption by 30 per cent for those living in homes in multiple occupation and on house boats.


Director, Association for the Conservation of Energy

London N1