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Energy Consumption

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: The information requested for the years prior to 1983–84 is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. From 1983–84 onwards the energy consumption and costs for the Northern Ireland Government Office estate, broken down by fuel, are as follows:

Consumption25·5m KWh4·25m L72K th
Cash prices£1,140,000£680,000£58,000
1978–79 prices£619,691£286,181£26,342
Consumption27·2m KWh4·65m L79K th




Cash prices£1,065,000£684,000£58,000
1978–79 prices£567,279£267,630£25,784


Consumption29·2m KWh4·8m L53K th
Cash prices£1,423,000£861,000£44,000
1978–79 prices£728,940£339,070£18,996


Consumption34·1m KWh5·19 L27K th
Cash prices£1,496,000£532,000£27,000
1978–79 prices£766,335£261,884£11,541


Consumption33·3m KWh5·14m L37K th
Cash prices£1,540,000£437,000£26,000
1978–79 prices£788,874£231,000£11,637


Consumption33·3m KWh5·11m L
Cash prices£1,594,000£359,000
1978–79 prices£751,875£185,413


Consumption32·75m KWh4·98m L
Cash prices£1,601,000£449,000
1978–79 prices£708,835£202,660

Note: Cash prices have been converted to 1978–79 prices by reference to the rates of the elements of the retail prices index applicable to the respective fuels.