HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 c1117W
Mr. Stunell

To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood), representing the House of Commons Commission, what the estimated level of energy use on the Parliamentary Estate was in each year since 1997; what proportion of energy used is generated from renewable sources; and what plans there are to increase this proportion. [65724]

Mr. Kirkwood

The energy used on the parliamentary estate in each financial year since 1997 is given in the table. Because the size of the estate has changed in this period the figures are calculated per square metre.

Kilo Watt hours per sq.m.
1997–98 342
1998–99 353
1999–2000 353
2000–01 334
2000–01 315

None of the energy used is generated from renewable sources; this issue was last considered by the Accommodation and Works Committee in November 2000, when it resolved that the situation should continue to be monitored. I have drawn my hon. Friend's question to the attention of the Chairman of that committee.