HC Deb 02 April 1984 vol 57 c640
12. Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether he is satisfied that existing energy conservation schemes are adequate.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

The Government have a comprehensive set of measures to promote the efficient use of energy and the energy efficiency office has considerably extended its activities as part of our energy efficiency campaign.

Mr. Knox

Can my right hon. Friend estimate what potential energy savings there are? Is he satisfied that it will be possible to achieve them through the existing schemes?

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

We estimate that in industry and commerce savings of about 20 per cent. can be gained, which is equivalent to £2 billion a year. Therefore, the prize is big. With extra effort being made and the new schemes being introduced, I hope that we shall make progress towards that objective.

Mr. Rowlands

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the home improvement grant scheme is a vital part and parcel of energy conservation in some of our older homes? Is he further aware that all such schemes are now frozen by local authorities at the behest of the Secretary of State for Wales?

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

The hon. Gentleman should be aware that a considerable amount of work is in progress and, as soon as it is completed, the scheme will be reopened and the opportunity will be there. At the same time, all the specific insulation schemes go on, contrary to what the hon. Gentleman is trying to imply.

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