Fuel Poverty Bill

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 1:51 pm on 20th March 2009.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 1:51 pm, 20th March 2009

The hon. Lady knows perfectly well that I have already said that this is a matter that we can discuss in Committee. She is clearly determined to talk the Bill out today. I want her to address one issue. She has returned time and again to the legal duty, which she says is so abhorrent. I have a quotation from Mr. Woolas, a former Minister in the Department. He said on 27 November 2007, only a couple of years ago,

"I can assure you all that we remain committed to our legal duty under the Warm Homes Act to ending fuel poverty by 2010."

There were no caveats then. When did the Government change their minds on whether they should have a legal duty? Was it the Treasury, or was it simply because they are failing in their targets?

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