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Light Bulbs

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of light bulbs purchased by his Department in 2005 were of the compact fluorescent type. (98252)

In many cases fluorescent type bulbs are incompatible with existing fittings and purchase is not directly controlled or recorded.

However, in the Department’s main London HQ building and where permitted by the existing fittings 35-40 per cent. of this type of bulb have been installed. For the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency the figure is 98 per cent. and at the Vehicle and Certification Agency 100 per cent. of purchases in the last financial year were of this type.

For other parts of the Department the information is not held centrally and the information would be available only at disproportionate cost.