New Clause 18 — Report on the civil estate

Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 28th October 2008.

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'(1) It is the duty of the Office of Government Commerce to lay before Parliament each year a report setting out the progress Her Majesty's Government has made towards improving the efficiency and sustainability of its civil estate.

(2) The report must include the progress made towards—

(a) reducing the size of the civil estate;

(b) improving the sustainability of the buildings that already form part of the civil estate; and

(c) ensuring that any new buildings procured for the civil estate are in the upper quartile of energy performance.

(3) Where any new building procured for the civil estate is not in the upper quartile of energy performance, the report must state the reasons why this is the case.

(4) A report under this section must be laid before Parliament not later than 1st June in the year in which it is to be so laid.'.— [Joan Ruddock.]

Brought up, read the First time and added to the Bill.

Question put, That Government amendments Nos. 1, 28 to 31, 72 and 32 to 47 be made.

The House divided: Ayes 476, Noes 5.

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Question accordingly agreed to.

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