§ Mr. Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who has responsibility for payment of energy bills at GCHQ in Cheltenham following the signing of the relevant PFI contract; what criteria the contract includes covering energy efficiency requirements; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Robin Cook
[holding answer 1 December 1999]: GCHQ will be responsible for the energy costs. The contract requires that the Private Sector Provider (PSP) minimises energy usage, use of natural resources and associated operational costs over the life of the building.
GCHQ has an objective to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly in line with Government policy. The PSP's contribution to this objective will be addressed in the design of the building.