HC Deb 22 January 1974 vol 867 c261W
Mr. Alan Williams

asked the Minister for Energy, excluding electricity generated at nuclear power stations, what saving has been made in the consumption of coal and oil at power stations by closing television broadcasting at 10.30 p.m. ; and how this saving has been identified.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

The electricity industry estimates that the overall saving of electricity is 1 million units or 2 per cent. of normal usage during the last 1½ hours of the day. It is very difficult to estimate the precise savings, but I have asked the CEGB to see whether it can produce an estimate of the actual fuel savings achieved. It is essential that we obtain all savings, however small, which can be made by the domestic sector.