Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Energy Efficiency

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd July 1990.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr Nigel Forman Mr Nigel Forman , Carshalton and Wallington 12:00 am, 23rd July 1990

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what programmes his Energy Efficiency Office operates to disseminate advice on energy efficiency to consumers of electricity.

Photo of Hon. Peter Morrison Hon. Peter Morrison , City of Chester

We promote efficiency in the use of all sources of energy, including electricity.

Photo of Mr Nigel Forman Mr Nigel Forman , Carshalton and Wallington

I am grateful for that reply. What statutory role will there be after privatisation for the electricity companies to give advice on energy efficiency?

Photo of Hon. Peter Morrison Hon. Peter Morrison , City of Chester

The 12 distribution companies have a statutory role now under the Electricity Act 1989. That role will be overlooked by the Office of Electricity Regulation, which already has good contacts with my Energy Efficiency Office.

Photo of Mr George Foulkes Mr George Foulkes , Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley

Is the Minister aware that he is one of the few Ministers who deals with Opposition questions on energy efficiency and other matters with a great deal of courtesy? It makes a change. Is he as fed up as I am at reading in every paper over the weekend of his imminent demise and possible replacement by the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, the hon. Member for Stirling (Mr. Forsyth)? If that happened would not it speak volumes about the appalling state of the Tory party?

Photo of Hon. Peter Morrison Hon. Peter Morrison , City of Chester

I am most grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his complimentary remarks. Unless I am gravely mistaken I am still standing here.