§ Mr. Alan Simpson
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what approaches he has made to the European Commission since the spring Budget regarding VAT in the United Kingdom on energy conservation materials and supplies. 
§ Ms Hewitt
Under the UK Presidency Environment Ministers of Member States reached agreement that the Council should invite the European Commission to consider proposals for differentiation in tax levels for energy saving products. The Financial Secretary has also written directly to Commissioner Monti putting forward the case for change.