Energy Conservation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20 April 1994.

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Photo of Mr Chris Smith Mr Chris Smith Shadow Secretary of State 12:00, 20 April 1994

On this Friday's Energy Conservation Bill, am I right to assume from the Minister's answer to the hon. Member for North Devon (Mr. Harvey) that the Government are opposed to that measure? Is that why more than 200 amendments have been tabled in an apparently deliberate attempt to sink the Bill through lack of time? Is that why the Government are attempting to change the fundamental principle of the Bill from placing a duty on local authorities to allowing a permission for local authorities, thereby undermining the entire purpose and benefit of the Bill? If the Government engineer the collapse of that measure, will not they be left without a shred of credibility on energy conservation?