§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary ol State for the Environment what is the method of central heating in the Palace 449W of Westminster; what has been the cost per month over the past three years and what action is to be taken to reduce that cost; and what temperature the heating is set to maintain.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The method of central heating of the major part of the Palace of Westminster is an archaic steam radiator system. A six.year modernisation programme was begun last year, and when completed this should effect savings of 20 per cent, in fuel consumption. Records for heating costs on a monthly basis are not kept. Over the past three years, costs amounted to £209,133 for 1975.76, £229,752 for 1976.-7 and £200,000 for 1977.-8. Under the present system, it is not possible to maintain a set temperature, but the aim is to keep offices at 68 °F.