HC Deb 24 May 1999 vol 332 c22W
Dr. Marek

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will request the Director General of Electricity Supply and Gas Supply to produce figures for the average annual cost of fuel used by(a) pensioners and (b) other domestic users. [84786]

Mr. Battle

[holding answer 20 May 1999]Energy consumption varies from household to household across the whole population. It is dependent on many factors, such as energy efficiency of the home, time spent in the property, size of property etc. Accurate and timely data on energy consumption by pensioners are not available.

Annual fuel bills for typical and low-volume household consumers are presented in the table. Bills are based on latest 1999 prices and include VAT.

Electricity Gas
Typical consumption1 263.70 302.59
Low volume consumption2 187.68 218.78
1Annual consumption 3,300 kWh for electricity, 18,000 kWh for gas
2 Annual consumption 2,200 kWh for electricity, 12,000 kWh for gas