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DTI’s hypocrisy comes to light

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Hours before trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt held a summit to promote energy efficiency, a Daily Mirror photographer snapped the DTI building awash with light.

On Monday, Hewitt and energy minister Mike O’Brien said £1bn in fuel could be saved each year with improvements in efficiency. During the summit, which launched an Energy Smart public-awareness campaign, the pair encouraged consumers to look around for the cheapest energy suppliers and to consider home insulation as a way to save valuable pounds.

Yet the photograph here, taken at 10pm on Sunday night, shows a huge waste of energy and taxpayers’ money. The lights are, apparently, always on in the central-London building.

A DTI spokesman said the lighting system was being modernised.

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