Energy Savings

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1991.

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Photo of Mr Win Griffiths Mr Win Griffiths , Bridgend 12:00 am, 29th April 1991

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much energy has been saved by the Welsh Office in each of the last five years; and what measures are being taken to make further savings for the future.

Photo of Mr Nicholas Bennett Mr Nicholas Bennett , Pembroke

Energy consumption information is not available in a form that enables us to identify specific savings made in the years before 1990–91. Measures include the acquisition of a computer database to monitor performance, high efficiency lighting, water control and separate metering in the main headquarters buildings in Cathays park, and we aim to reduce energy expenditure by 15 per cent. over five years.

Photo of Mr Win Griffiths Mr Win Griffiths , Bridgend

I thank the Minister for that reply and for the measures being taken. However, the Government still reveal complacency when estimates using current technology and getting a return on investment show potential savings of at least 20 per cent. Therefore, the Minister's targets are well below those accepted elsewhere. Will the Minister review his programme with a view to making further savings in the Welsh Office and in other authorities in Wales where the Welsh Office has some influence?

Photo of Mr Nicholas Bennett Mr Nicholas Bennett , Pembroke

It is a bit tough to be accused of complacency when the Government have set up a special ministerial working party which constantly examines ways to save money in the Government's estate and when the Welsh Office is top of the league. We are No. 1 and we are working very hard to make sure that we have energy efficiency. That message is getting across not only in Government buildings but in schools and hospitals. The health service in Wales has already saved a considerable amount of money on energy efficiency.