§ Mr. McElhone
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his policy on the floodlighting of buildings in the context of the national need to save energy.
§ Mr. Benn
I recognise that the floodlighting of buildings can make a useful contribution to tourism and to the security of some buildings, and that it represents only a very small percentage of total energy consumption in this country. The need to save energy is none the less vital, and I would repeat our appeal to those concerned to consider whether their lights are really necessary outside the hours194W when they have maximum impact. I am particularly glad to learn that the organisers of the 1975 Outdoor Lighting Awards Scheme are asking entrants not to use their floodlighting after midnight and that the efficiency with which energy is used is one of the criteria which has been taken into account in judging entries.