HC Deb 27 June 1979 vol 969 c255W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will take steps to increase incentives to local councils to encourage the use of solar energy in public buildings in view of the achievements of the Wirral council's solar heated St. George's school.

Mr. Norman Lamont

No. Local authorities should decide priorities for themselves having due regard for each possible application of solar energy technology. The Government are, however, already providing funds under their research, development and demonstration programmes to encourage the development to the demonstration stage of alternative energy sources including solar heating systems.