§ Dr. Iddon
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the reduced rate of VAT on energy efficient products used in Government-sponsored schemes for people in fuel poverty, proposed in his pre-budget paper, to all products manufactured for the purposes of energy efficiency. 153W
§ Dawn Primarolo
EC VAT law does not at present permit an unrestricted reduced rate for energy efficient products. As the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his pre-Budget statement on 25 November 1997,Official Report, colums 773–98, we shall be raising the matter with our European partners to explore the possibility of change.