Energy Conservation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20 April 1994.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Environment) 12:00, 20 April 1994

I made clear the Government's approach to the Bill on Second Reading. It is ludicrous for the hon. Gentleman to suggest that, in some way, the Bill is a touchstone of the Government's attitude to energy efficiency. Our commitment to energy efficiency is clear and constant. The budget of the Energy Efficiency Office has been increased to more than £100 million this year, which represents an increase of nearly 50 per cent. on last year and a 17-fold increase in real terms since 1979. We have a clear commitment to energy efficiency, but we do not believe in imposing unnecessary regulatory burdens on local authorities, which will not necessarily bring further benefit to energy efficiency.