§ 10. Mr. Meadowcroft
asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether further resources will be made available for domestic energy saving.
§ Mr. David Hunt
This Government's Energy Efficiency Year already represents a massive step up in the campaign to overcome market barriers and to improve standards of energy efficiency in the home.
§ Mr. Meadowcroft
is it not true that the amount allocated for that purpose has not been taken up in recent years? Should we not have new incentives, such as grants for thermostats and more money for the voluntary sector scheme, which is working so well?
§ Mr. Hunt
The hon. Gentleman is right to pay tribute to the way in which the homes insulation scheme has been successful in promoting the insulation of lofts and tanks. However, the history has always been one of underspend. The 1986–87 homes insulation scheme allocation is expected fully to meet total demand. That scheme is a crucial part of any campaign to introduce greater energy efficiency in the home. I shall carefully consider the hon. Gentleman's points.