Housing: Databases

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 19th January 2009.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what use her Department has made of data held on the (a) home condition report and (b) energy performance certificate register.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing)

Data on numbers of HCRs lodged to date has been used to inform policy decisions on condition information in the HIP, including the recent announcement to establish a working group to explore options for making sure that consumers have appropriate information about a property's condition.

The Department has used the data held on the energy performance register to monitor the application of and compliance with the Regulations. The Department is considering further how to make best use of this data in furthering its aims for improving the energy efficiency of buildings and reducing carbon emissions.

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