§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will list, by location, the annual fuel heating bills for each of her Department's offices for the last four years, and for this year to date.
§ Mr. Jack
Office heating is not distinguished separately in the fuel bills for the 260 or so sites occupied by the Ministry and its executive agencies. It would be disproportionately expensive to calculate such costs, but readily available global figures for all types of energy are as follows:
£ 1990–91 3,376,336 1991–92 3,755,951 1992–93 4,035,098
This represents a six per cent increase in real terms when adjusted for inflation and the floor area occupied. The increase is due to operational requirements, particularly in the Ministry's laboratories, and the introduction of information technology equipment to most offices over the past three years. We are, however, stepping up our energy efficiency measures with a view to achieving reductions in consumption by 1995–96.