All mouth and no recycling

Parliament, not so much teh people as the building itself, is an example of bad environmental behaviour, according to Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Norman Baker.

Water consumption was up by 58% since 1997, electricity by 45% and gas consumption by 34%, he added.

The total amount of electricity used in the last financial year available (2002-03) was enough to supply more than 5,000 households – equivalent to a town the size of Newhaven, East Sussex, which is in Mr Baker’s Lewes constituency.

Since 1997, water usage had risen by enough to fill 28 Olympic-sized swimming pools, run 875,000 baths, take 2,800,000 five-minute showers, or leave the tap on for 13 years.

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