Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department switched its (a) gas or (b) electricity supplier in any of the last 10 years.

Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government was formed in May 2006 and uses the Government Procurement Service’s (formerly Buying Solutions) framework agreement for energy supplies. It has not switched its gas or electricity supplier during this period.

The Government Procurement Service’s framework agreement delivers pan-Government energy supplies through the Official Journal of the European Union competitive tender process. The utility contracts are typically four years in duration with the option to extend by one year. The Department is in the first year of a four-year agreement.

The Department has made significant year-on-year reductions in energy consumption. In 2011-12, electricity and gas consumption were reduced by 9% and 45% respectively, compared to the previous year.

Under the last Administration, the Department’s main building (Eland House, Victoria) was one of the least energy-efficient buildings in Whitehall, despite it being the lead Department on energy efficiency standards in buildings. In June 2011, the building was awarded a ‘D’ grade display energy certificate, having improved from ‘G' grade in 2006-07.

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