HC Deb 25 February 1991 vol 186 c630
3. Mr. Knox

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what recent representations he has received about the adequacy of existing energy conservation schemes.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy (Mr. David Heathcoat-Amory)

My right hon. Friend and I have received frequent representations about our energy efficiency programmes to which we accord high priority.

Mr. Knox

What is my hon. Friend's estimate of the potential for further energy savings? Is he satisfied that the existing schemes will enable us to achieve those savings?

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

It has been estimated that further savings of up to 20 per cent. are possible. I am convinced that we shall be able to approach that target through a mixture of regulations, such as the improved building regulations, labelling, advice, and targeted grants such as the home energy efficiency scheme, which directs grant aid to low-income households.

Mr. Loyden

What encouragement has been given to local government to draught-proof the windows and doors of older houses so that many millions of homes can benefit from the conservation of energy?

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

I can confirm that the estate action programme is directing substantial sums of money towards upgrading older council estates. In addition to that, the home energy efficiency scheme is targeted precisely at older dwellings, which are often occupied by low-income households who need grant aid to improve the energy efficiency, draught-proofing and insulation standards of their homes.

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