§ Mr. Stunell
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated(a) level and (b) cost of energy use in his Department and associated agencies was in each year since 1997; what proportion of energy was generated from renewable sources; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Leslie
My Department was formed on 29 May. For details of energy consumption and cost for the former Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister for Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, South and Penarth (Alun Michael), to the hon. Member for Hazel Grove on 3 July 2002,Official Report, column 384W.
Procurement of electricity from renewable sources in my Department began in October 2000 and from April 2002 some 40 per cent. of the Departments' total electricity usage was from a renewable source.