§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment for what reasons energy efficiency was not included in the press announcement regarding the allocation of ministerial responsibilities; and if there is a Minister responsible for energy efficiency in his Department.
§ Mr. Howard
Energy efficiency is an important new responsibility of my Department. My noble Friend Lord Strathclyde will have primary responsibility for energy efficiency, reporting, where necessary, to my hon. Friend the Minister for the Environment and Countryside, and to myself.