HC Deb 17 February 1986 vol 92 cc12-3
13. Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the progress of the Monergy campaign.

Mr. Peter Walker

The Monergy campaign has made a very successful start. Already over 100 events have taken place, including the first two Monergy breakfast briefings attended by 1,700 top executives. The supporting advertising and publicity activities have generated a high level of interest.

Mr. Alton

What incentives are being given to voluntary organisations to help with insulation programmes for homes in the public sector? Will the Secretary of State say something about alternative energy schemes; in particular, about the possibility of a barrage on the River Mersey to save other forms of energy?

Mr. Walker

The Mersey barrage scheme is being examined. I cannot make any statement about it. We have managed to create many more voluntary groups involved in insulation. At the moment more than 200 voluntary groups are operating and over 130,000 homes have been insulated.