HC Deb 13 July 1987 vol 119 c691
4. Mr. Gerald Bowden

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what steps are being taken to promote energy efficiency in the development of London's docklands.

Mr. Peter Morrison

London's docklands offer a unique opportunity for demonstrating that buildings can be designed and managed in an energy efficient way.

My Department is liaising with the London Docklands Development Corporation and other interested organisations in order to promote the efficient use of energy in London's docklands.

Mr. Bowden

I am encouraged by my hon. Friend's answer, but when considering energy efficiency in design and the appropriate improvement in building design, will he give some indication of the scale of financial savings and quantify some of the savings that may be achieved, for instance, in docklands by these new improvements in building design?

Mr. Morrison

It is estimated that about £3 billion a year can be saved in the heating and lighting of buildings in the country as a whole. It appears that, on the plans to date of office development, some £20 million a year could be saved in the London docklands.

Mr. Rogers

Although we would all applaud these savings, can the Minister give the House the assurance that no public money will be given to property developers in the docklands, and especially no grants to heat those £200,000 flats, and so on?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir.