Rejected petition For Welsh Government to make it mandatory that Welsh wool to be used as insulation in new builds.

Welsh wool value is at an all time low. And in some cases for farmers it more viable to burn it on site than try to sell it to British Wool. Wool is a natural product with a high U value, which makes it an ideal building insulator to reduce energy costs.

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Wool is already used in some building projects in the U.K. as a heat insulator. We could be world leaders in this industry in Wales.

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s about something that the Senedd or Welsh Government is not responsible for.

The Government of Wales Act 2006 establishes the extent of the Senedd’s power to make new laws and amend existing law (also known as legislative competence). Schedules 7A and 7B of the 2006 Act set out the issues which are ‘restricted’ or ‘reserved’ - i.e. areas where the UK Parliament, not the Senedd, can legislate.

Responsibility for competition policy is reserved to the UK Government. As legislating to make it mandatory to use only Welsh wool as insulation in new buildings would be likely to be considered an anti-competitive practice, it is not possible for the Senedd to take the action called for by your petition.

You may wish to consider asking the Welsh Government to encourage the use of Welsh wool for this purpose instead.

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