HC Deb 18 June 1979 vol 968 cc448-9W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary ol State for the Environment what is the method of central heating in the Palace 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.

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