Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Hansard: a written answer on merits of banning bulbsThe MP for Dundee West, Jim McGovern has asked Ian Pearson MP, the UK Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, if he would assess the merits of a ban on incandescent light bulbs. Jim has now received the following written answer:
This issue is so important that we should not allow an unspecified trade rule to block rapid progress on this simple, painless and effective step.
The Stern Review highlighted the massive scale of the challenge posed by the climate change and emphasised the need for governments to introduce policies of an equivalent scale, on an urgent basis.
If we cannot make progress with light bulbs, how are we going to make the bigger and harder choices that will inevitably be required of us?
There will always be excuses for inaction or delay, but far more could be done.
When I launched this campaign it was said that VAT rates could not be reduced on energy saving goods and services because this would re-open complex EU negotiations, yet the Chancellor reduced the rate of VAT on condoms from 17.5% to 5% in the last budget...
Clearly our politicians can make a big difference when they want to show leadership.
Posted 4:16 AM by Matt Prescott