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Energy Saving Trust

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the resources made available to the Energy Saving Trust in each of the last five years; and what is next year's budget. [16173]

My Department has provided funding for the Energy Saving Trust since 1995–96 as follows:

1995–96: £500,000
1996–97: £25,000,000.
Funding of up to £19,000,000 has been made available for 1997–98. The budget for 1998–99 has not yet been finalised.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the work of the Energy saving Trust's energy efficiency programme. [16174]

The Energy Saving Trust's "Energy Efficiency" programme has our full support. It aims to promote energy efficiency to domestic consumers so that they can save money and help the environment. The Trust's October campaign of promotional activities under the programme has just been completed. culminating in "Energy Efficiency Week" between 20 and 27 October.

My Department has contributed funding of up to £2.5 million towards "Energy Efficiency" in 1997–98. I have recently approved a further£4 million in Government funding for the programme in 1998£99.