Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2007-08

28 February 2008


Invitation to help frame EFRA Committee inquiry

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to examine the UK Energy Efficiency Action Plan, with particular reference to Defra's efforts to improve households' energy efficiency and its statutory duty under the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 to ensure that, as far as reasonably practicable, people in England do not live in fuel poverty after November 2016. This will build on some of the Committee's work during its inquiry into Climate change: the "citizen's agenda".

The EFRA Committee invites interested parties to help devise the scope of the inquiry by suggesting areas which the Committee could usefully examine, particularly those where they believe that Defra policy is still weak. The deadline for the submission of suggestions is Wednesday 2 April 2008. More information about the required format and length of the submissions is given below.


Submissions should be no more than 500 words, in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to efracom@parliament.uk. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee. For further details about this inquiry, please contact Chris Stanton, Clerk, on 020 7219 3263.


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