Before the Parliamentary summer recess, we announced that Dr Bob Spink, Independent MP for Castle Point in Essex, had committed to drive the campaign for Reduced VAT on energy efficient windows to the next level. On the 7th October he did just this when he proposed the petition in person to the House of Commons, thus requiring inclusion in Hansard, the official report of parliamentary debates.
Alan Fielder, Edgetech Director of Sales and Marketing comments: “I met with Dr Bob Spink and one of our customers in his constituency Special FX Double Glazing, who are pushing Super Spacer energy rated windows. Dr Spink agreed to present Edgetech’s original industry Number 10 petition after recess, and I am delighted on behalf of the industry that he has now done just this. We’ll continue to lobby hard on this issue however we can because although it’s a slow process, the more sustained and energetic a campaign we can pursue, the more pressure we’ll be putting on until at some point we get a definitive answer as to why energy rated windows don’t enjoy the VAT relief that other environmentally products get.”
The petition was presented as follows:
Hansard 7th October 2008 – Column 249
Dr. Bob Spink (Castle Point): I am sure the House needs no reminding of the importance of improving energy efficiency in domestic homes and businesses. This petition, which supports an electronic petition of approaching 1,000 signatures, calls on the Government to put their money where their mouth is, and to promote energy efficiency and our excellent hi-tech British manufacturing industry.
The petition states:
The Petition of Andy Jones and concerned residents,
Declares that substantial energy savings, and consequential environmental benefits, can be achieved by the use of high technology, generic, double glazing and other energy efficiency products and components and that the Government should therefore reduce VAT on such technically advanced products.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reduce VAT to 5 per cent. on products and components that will make a significant contribution to improving energy efficiency.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.