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HOME ENERGY BILL U-TURN FOR GOVERNMENT

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The Home Energy Conservation Bill has been described by the Liberal Democrats as the biggest Conservative U-turn si...
The Home Energy Conservation Bill has been described by the Liberal Democrats as the biggest Conservative U-turn since plans to increase VAT on domestic fuel failed.

The Bill's sponsor, Liberal Democrat MP for Christchurch Diana Maddock said:

'The Bill is now almost certain to become law. Yet less than six months ago the government voted to deplore it.

'As with their proposals for increasing VAT on domestic fuel and selling off the post offices, the government's original position became untenable.

'It was clear to them that any repeat of last year's deliberate sabotage of the Bill would be unacceptably embarrassing. They would have been opposed by the vast majority of MPs, including an increasing number of their own backbenchers, and the majority of local authorities.'

The Home Energy Conservation Bill now passes to the House of Lords, where it will be sponsored by Baroness Sally Hamwee. If there is no opposition there it should pass into law this summer.

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