MPs to look at energy efficiency

The House of Commons Environment Committee begins a new inquiry into energy efficiency in May. The investigation is particularly timely in the light of the major role envisaged for energy conservation in the domestic sector in the Government's emerging strategy for controlling the UK's carbon dioxide emissions.

The abolition of the Department of Energy last spring resulted in the disbandment of the House of Commons Energy Committee, provoking concern that parliamentary scrutiny of energy policy would diminish. However, the Trade and Industry Committee has since completed a major inquiry into the coal industry, and the Environment Committee is also stepping into the breach with its new inquiry. This was made possible by the transfer of the Energy Effi

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