To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make it his Department's policy to adopt specific annual targets for energy conservation and efficiency.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
Decisions on investment in energy efficiency measures are a matter for individual consumers and it would be inappropriate for the Government to set specific national targets for annual improvements.
However, my energy efficiency office offers a range of programmes and other initiatives designed to encourage the adoption of cost effective energy efficiency measures. Measures of performance for each of these programmes are published annually, most recently in February 1991 in "The Government's Expenditure Plans Within the Energy Sector 1991–92 to 1993–94" (Cm 1505), copies of which are available in the Library.