Orders of the Day — Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:05 pm on 10th March 2000.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury 12:05 pm, 10th March 2000

There are often arguments about the definition of poverty and about whom we should consider to be living in poverty. However, if we use the commonly accepted definition of fuel poverty, there can be absolutely no argument about who is suffering from it—it is those living in households that have to spend more than 10 per cent. of their income on fuel to provide adequate heat. That is a sizeable and substantial percentage of household income to spend simply on keeping warm.