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Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the number of (a) households, (b) businesses and (c) hospitals which use energy-efficient light bulbs. (285385)

[holding answer 9 July 2009]: The information is as follows:

(a) Under the Government’s household carbon saving obligation on energy suppliers since 2002, currently known as the carbon emissions reduction target, energy suppliers have distributed or sold with subsidy via retail outlets some 290 million high efficiency bulbs to GB households. In principle this would allow all GB households to benefit.

(b) The Department does not hold information on the number of businesses using energy-efficient light bulbs.

(c) Neither my Department nor the Department of Health holds information on the number of hospitals using energy-efficient light bulbs.