HC Deb 30 July 1962 vol 664 c26W
Mr. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Power What estimate he has made of the total fuel saved, expressed in terms of coal equivalent, in new factory space erected during the four-and-a-half years prior to 30th June, 1962, as a result of the operation of the Thermal Insulation (Industrial Buildings) Act, 1957; whether he is satisfied with the operation of the Act in this respect; and what steps he is taking further to raise standards of thermal insulation in both new and established industrial premises.

Mr. Peyton

It is difficult to give a precise estimate, but making assumptions as to roof area and allowing for exemptions and for the proportion of buildings that would have been insulated voluntarily a rough estimate of the average annual rate of new savings is just under 100,000 tons in each of the three and a half years since regulations prescribing standards of insulation under the Act came into force. This is equivalent to cumulative total savings of about three-quarters of a million tons over the whole of that period. The Act has operated satisfactorily with the present standards, which were designed to secure worthwhile fuel savings at reasonable capital cost. I do not propose to raise them. I am not empowered under the Act to prescribe standards for buildings established before 1st January, 1959.

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