HC Deb 12 March 1984 vol 56 cc14-5
15. Mr. Burt

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many cities have now been visited in the energy efficiency campaign by his Department's officials; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Walker

My energy efficiency campaign has so far covered 15 towns and cities. The visits have included seven early-morning meetings with a total of 2,000 senior executives, and our investigations suggest that a majority of these are going on to take active steps to improve energy efficiency.

Mr. Burt

I thank my right hon. Friend for his reply, and the obvious attention being paid by the Department to such an important matter. I direct his attention to the northwest of England, where a good proportion of traditional manufacturing industry is located and which has much to gain from energy conservation schemes. Will he assure the House that through the scheme the Department is paying great attention to traditional manufacturing industry?

Mr. Walker

I am glad to say that there was a gathering in the north-west last week. We shall visit Manchester for a special session on 9 May, when there will also be an "Energy Saver Show". We believe that much can be achieved in the north-west.

Mr. Hannam

During the campaign will my right hon. Friend consult local authorities, which could make immense potential savings? Is he aware that in Devon nearly £1 million has been saved this year? Will he pursue that aspect as a major priority during his efficiency campaign?

Mr. Walker

Yes. In our estimate of what can be achieved in this area we believe that, with sensible energy efficiency methods, local authorities could save £100 million from their energy bills.