Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd 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 how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each 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. Spend on gas and electricity for the financial years 2006-07 to 2011-12 is detailed as follows.

  DCLG Buildings
  Electricity Gas
2006-07 1,091,111 229,436
2007-08 656,069 144,707
2008-09 505,425 135,889
2009-10 424,286 71,027
2010-11 422,803 39,138
2011-12 536,449 36,474

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 the equivalent ‘G’ grade in 2006-07.

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