Official Buildings (Central Heating).

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 21st July 1942.

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Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he can estimate the coal consumed in the central heating of all official buildings under Government or municipal control for a week; and whether he will consider steps to secure the saving of that amount by deferring such heating till later in the autumn and stopping it earlier in the spring, as compared with recent experience?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

So far as Government buildings are concerned, the period of heating varies in accordance with climatic conditions. Every economy in the use of fuel is already being carried out, and in view of the changing weather conditions it would be unwise to set a definite period for central heating. With regard to the second part of the Question, I am considering carefully, in consultation with my expert advisers, the whole question of economy in central heating plants, in connection with the Control of Fuel Order which I have just made. In the meantime close attention is already being given to economy in Government buildings.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

Is it not important that, instead of legislating or acting simply according to climatic conditions, we should definitely suffer a certain amount of inconvenience in order to help the war effort? Will the hon. Gentleman make this suggestion generally to private householders and not only to authorities?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

The importance of the question is appreciated. We shall lose no time in getting down to deal with it.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is the Minister aware that the lamps in this Chamber consume twice as much electricity as the lamps in other parts of the building because they are so old-fashioned?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Certainly, but the question should be directed to the proper Department.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Will the hon. Gentleman take care that his advisers do not shunt him on to the wrong rails?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

That will be up to me.