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House of Lords vote against abolishment

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 10-Jul-08 01:51:18 PM

Sorry I've been very busy this week but I just got wind of this which I thought might be (perversely) "interesting":

"Abolition of home information packs

(1) Sections 148 to 170 of the Housing Act 2004 (c. 34) are repealed.

(2) A person who is selling a residential property must supply the purchaser with information about the energy efficiency of the property.

(3) The Secretary of State may make regulations prescribing the particular information which is required or authorised to be included in, or which is to be excluded from, such energy efficiency information and all other incidental matters relating to it."


Housing and Regeneration Bill: 9 Jul 2008: House of Lords debates (

The amendment failed but not by much:

On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 158) shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 103; Not-Contents, 122.

I wasn't even aware it was up for a vote!

House-builders against HIPs and Code for Sustainable Homes

Baroness Ford (Labour) revealed that home-builders not only want rid of the Home Information Pack (HIP), but also the dilution of the Code for Sustainable Homes too!

During the debate yesterday, she said: "This afternoon I spent a long time talking to some housebuilders. Not only did they want us to get rid of home information packs, but to significantly dilute all quality standards and elements of the sustainable buildings code that will make a serious difference to climate change."

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Posts: 1
Thank goodness we have governments
Reply #1 on : Mon July 14, 2008, 10:47:36
Otherwise - if we were governed by industry, they still be building houses with no insulation and single glazing. And gas fires wouldn't need a fresh air supply. Thanksfully one of the purposes of government is to make the world a cleaner/safer place, even if it does make thing a little bit more costly. CSH isn't even mandatory [yet] - you can have a Zero star rating. So I don't know what they are whinging about. People who want a 6 star house will expect to pay more. I suppose they are worred about 2016 - when ALL houses have to be 6 star ;-)

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