Following Tony Blair’s statement in Prime Minister’s questions on the 14th of June, that the new generation of nuclear power plants will produce 1/10th of the waste of previous plants, David Heath has questioned the veracity of his information in Business Questions where he called for a debate on the issue.
Local MP David Heath cited the Independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, which has stated that a new generation of plants would lead to an increase in high level toxic waste of 400%.
Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, says HIPs (Home Information Packs) will put energy efficiency of homes top of the home buying agenda.
HIPs will come into place from 1st June 2007 and every home owner will need to prepare a HIP before putting their home up for sale. The Packs will include searches, a Home Condition Report (compiled by an independent Home Inspector) and terms of sale. An energy efficiency rating similar to fridge ratings will be included in the Home Condition Report, to tell people the running costs and carbon emissions from the home as well as identifying measures which could improve their energy rating.
This means that the energy efficiency of your new home will be there for you to see in black and white and will undoubtedly have an affect on both the price of your home and its attractiveness to potential buyers.