New clause 4 - Control provisions

Home Energy Conservation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:00 pm on 26th February 2002.

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'(1) Section 348 of the Housing Act 1985 (control provisions: decisions on applications and appeals) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph (c) of subsection (1)—

(a) for ''works'' there is substituted ''steps'', and

(b) for ''executed'' there is substituted ''taken''.

(3) After that subsection there is inserted—

''(1A) A house is not to be regarded as suitable for such occupation as would be permitted if the application were granted unless it meets such standards as may be prescribed in regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(1B) The standards that may be prescribed in the regulations include—

(a) safety standards,

(b) energy efficiency standards, and

(c) standards relating to the fixtures, fittings and furnishings in the house.

(1C) The Secretary of State may make regulations prescribing what matters are to be taken into account in determining whether a standard of a prescribed description has been met.

(1D) Any power to make regulations under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.''.

(4) In subsections (2)(b) and (3)(b), for ''execution of works'' there is substituted ''taking of steps''.

(5) In section 348A of the Housing Act 1985(1)(b) (control provisions: other decisions and appeals), for ''works are executed'' there is substituted ''steps are taken''.'—[Mr. Meacher.]

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