HC Deb 05 March 1999 vol 326 cc961-2W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for what reasons the Traffic Commissioner for Wales will henceforward be administered from outside Wales. [74303]

Mr. Meale

The Department's discussion note sought views from the energy industry and other organisations on the advantages and disadvantages of Government making provision for future use of energy efficiency standards of performance, and on the possible ways in which EESOPs, if provided for, could work in the liberalised domestic energy market. 36 companies and organisations responded. One respondee expressed the view that environmental issues should rest with the Government as representative of individuals as citizens, rather than involving energy consumers. The others felt that there should be provision for EESOPs in future utility legislation, or expressed no view on the matter. Respondees felt that EESOPs could work effectively in the new liberalised market, and commented extensively and in detail on the operational practicalities.

Ministers are now considering the information from the discussion.