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Tobacco

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much tobacco was imported into the United Kingdom from other parts of the European Economic Community in the most recent annual period for which figures are available.

During 1989 a total of 11·977 tonnes of raw tobacco was imported into the United Kingdom from other parts of the European Economic Community.

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what price is received by tobacco manufacturers for production in the European Economic Community; and what price is charged by the intervention boards for export of such tobacco to nations outside the European Economic Community.

There is no information available on the price received by tobacco manufacturers for products containing Community-grown tobacco. A wide range of prices is received by the intervention boards for tobacco sold out of intervention by tender. These prices depend on the tobacco varieties involved as well as on their quality. The following table shows the range of prices received for these tobacco varieties most frequently sold into intervention.recommended some additional metering and controls and a range of housekeeping and staff energy awareness measures, but it drew attention to the poor thermal integrity of the buildings and concluded that the major expenditure required to improve this could not be justified on energy conservation grounds alone. The other audit was of four establishments in the Ministry's south-west region, where the consultants' report, in 1989, recommended the replacement of a boiler at one of the sites and a number of smaller measures, including the installation of energy-efficient lighting tubes, more pipe insulation and additional automatic heating controls.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give the number of dedicated energy managers in his Department and the number of person years devoted to energy management in the latest year.

None, in the sense of full-time officials, although a departmental energy efficiency manager has been appointed who spends approximately half his time on this function. A substantial number of staff throughout the country are responsible for good energy management as part of their overall buildings management duties. The time spent is linked with other work and cannot be quantified separately.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give for each year from 1978 the energy consumption, broken down by fuel, of the buildings occupied by his Department, expressing the figures in (a) cash terms, (b) 1978–79 money terms and (c) units of consumption for electricity in kilowatt hours, gas in therms, liquid fuel in litres and solid fuel in tonnes.

The information requested is not available for the period in question. As regards the 1989–90 financial year, I refer the hon. Member to the replies given to him on 30 April, Official Report, col. 458 and 10 May, Official Report, col. 226.