§ Mr. Clifton-Brown
To ask the Chairman of the Accommodation and Works Committee what steps have been taken to reduce the energy bill for the Palace of Westminster and its precincts.
As part of a continuing programme of energy-saving measures in the Palace of Westminster and the parliamentary estate, low-energy light fittings have been installed in many areas. Where these have been installed they have contributed over the past two years to savings of some 65 per cent. in the consumption of electricity. During the same period, over 300 "occupancy sensors" have been installed, which automatically switch off lights when areas are vacated. Old style steam radiators are being replaced by modern low-temperature hot-water radiators. All new radiators are fitted with thermostatic valves; and all pipework, fittings and valves are being insulated to reduce heat loss.