§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what proportion of fridge-freezer, fridge and freezer models have so far been rated under the Energy Efficiency Office energy labelling scheme; whether all major manufacturers are co-operating with the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
All the major retailers, manufacturers and importers of refrigerators and freezers have been given details of the rating method which enables all models to be rated. The rating is obtained from the standard energy consumption information by a simple calculation explained in a technical leaflet which is freely available from my Energy Efficiency Office. A copy of the technical leaflet and the explanatory customer leaflet is available in the Library of the House. The regional electricity companies have themselves calculated ratings for about 300 models which they carry, and have labels showing those ratings on models on display in their shops which sell about 27 per cent. of all refrigerators and freezers in the United Kingdom.
All major manufacturers publish the standard energy consumption information required for the energy efficiency labels in brochures and technical leaflets provided with new appliances.