§ 18. Alan Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans she has to extend the Energy Efficiency Commitment in line with the commitments made in the Energy White Paper. 
§ Margaret Beckett
In the Energy White Paper the Government acknowledged the continued important role of the Energy Efficiency Commitment in meeting energy efficiency and carbon abatement targets in the domestic sector and made a commitment to publicly consult on an expansion of the EEC to run from 2005 to at least 2008, at possibly twice its current level of activity. We aim to launch the public consultation in spring this year.