HC Deb 09 July 1979 vol 970 cc20-1W
Mr. Wickenden

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what facilities exist within his Department for carrying out tests to gauge the efficiency of energy-saving devices; and whether he will encourage his Department to examine and report on energy-saving proposals submitted by members of the public.

Mr. John Moore

Facilities for testing the efficiency of energy-saving devices exist in various Government and privately-owned research establishments. In addition, each of the fuel industries operates extensive research and testing facilities. This equipment is fully committed to testing commercial and domestic heating plant and increasing attention is being given to energy efficiency.

Energy-saving proposals submitted by a member of the public are, if necessary, referred to the relevant industrial research or test establishment or other experts, but the Department does not have any facilities of its own other than those required for the fulfilment of its statutory functions in respect of, for example, electricity meters or gas standards.