§ Mr. Stunell
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his office has issued since May 1997 to Government Departments and agencies in relation to(a) energy conservation and energy efficiency and (b) the purchasing of energy from renewable sources; and when the guidance was issued. 
§ Mr. Meacher
I have been asked to reply.
Guidance to the public sector on conserving energy and improving energy efficiency has been provided by the Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme, and this work is now part of the Carbon Trust's Action Energy scheme. This programme has also provided a range of guidance specifically for the Government Estate and Departments have been supported by site specific visits and consultancy advice.
The guidance issued by Government on renewable energy purchase was published on 16 January 2001, in HTML format only, and was placed on the Greening Government website (http://www.defra.gov.uldenvironment/greening/ energy/elec/index.htm)
Guidance has also been issued to Government by the Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions in January 2001 entitled 'A one stop shop for energy procurement'.