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Lost in Translation

ACE calls on Parliamentary watchdog to investigate Government’s broken promises and broken laws.

Back in March the Association for the Conservation of Energy joined forces with democracy campaigners Unlock Democracy, in referring a dossier of Government malpractices to the House of Commons Public Administration Committee.

The dossier – ‘Lost in Translation’ – documents Government breaches of sustainable energy laws dating back over a whole decade. It also contains a detailed examination of the failure by successive Ministers to keep to promises they gave to Parliament.

ACE and Unlock Democracy have stressed that this is just the tip of the iceberg – and that more revelations may soon follow.

Jenny Holland, Head of Campaigns at ACE, said:
“What we have uncovered are repeated breaches of Ministerial promises in the field of sustainable energy and fuel poverty. Reporting requirements have been ignored; clear legal duties have simply been cast aside. The Government tells us nearly every day that climate change is the biggest single issue facing mankind – but laws designed to save energy, reduce our carbon emissions and end the scourge of fuel poverty have been systematically broken.”

Unlock Democracy Director Peter Facey added:
“For us the issue is one of political honesty and the sovereignty of Parliament. If Ministers give assurances to Parliament and then break them, or if laws passed by Parliament are ignored, then our Parliament is demeaned. Worse still, perhaps, the public just sees this as another reason to be cynical about the whole corrupt system – and disengages still further. We hope that Committee Chair Tony Wright MP will ensure that his Committee investigates this matter.”

The full dossier can be found here

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