asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their response to the outline proposals of the European Commission to prohibit the use of patio heaters by restaurants and bars as part of their emissions reduction programme.
The Government are committed to raising product standards and reducing energy wastage in consumer products. We have lobbied the EU to press for improvements in efficiency, particularly through directive 2005/32/EC on the eco-design of energy-using products.
We want the Commission to concentrate its initial efforts on the directive to drive improvements in the major energy using products such as lights, household appliances, consumer electronics, air conditioning and electric motors. While patio heaters are wasteful, they account for a relatively small amount of energy use in comparison.