§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement outlining the nature and extent of his energy conservation programme directed at householders.
§ Mr. John Moore
The Government believe that the best incentive for householders to use energy efficently is realistic pricing of fuels coupled with a vigorous publicity and advice campaign. We have increased expenditure on publicity by 30 per cent. in real terms in the current financial year.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment continues to make grants available through the local authorities to assist householders, in both the public and private sectors, with the costs of loft insulation, and is also proposing to increase the standards under the building regulations for thermal insulation of new dwellings.