Monday, 21 August 2006

Sustainable Energy Bill


Two Tory MPs (Eric Forth & Christopher Chope) tried to block the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill, despite being supported by the Conservative party. Several members of our group contacted David Cameron to object to the attempted blocking of the bill. The Conservative response was, “We regard this Bill as a worthwhile step forward which would help to ratchet up environmental standards in buildings; improve energy efficiency; and enable residents and local authorities to make better use of renewable energy sources…However, as you know, Private Member's Bills are not the subject of the usual Party Whip.  It is entirely open to individual Members of Parliament to express their own personal views on such Bills, even if, as in this case, they differ with the policy of the party as a whole.”