HC Deb 02 April 1963 vol 675 cc211-2
1. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what progress has been made in respect of the proposals for mitigating the nuisance caused by emissions from the Leicester Power Station.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. F. V. Corfield)

As the load on the station is reduced in the warmer weather improvements will be made to the existing precipitators in the course of maintenance and overhaul. Major proposals for increasing the capacity of the precipitators are still being worked out with the contractors.

Sir B. Janner

Is the Minister aware that I am getting constant complaints about the filthy conditions suffered by houses in my area and adjoining areas as a result of this shocking fall-out of grit? Is he relying on warmer weather coming to us? Why cannot he do something about it during the cold weather?

Mr. Corfield

I do not think the hon. Member expects me to do anything about that. I can assure him that the district alkali inspector is in close touch with the management and local authority in this case. Substantial improvements are planned for the coming spring and summer and preliminary work has been already started upon them. He must appreciate that this is an old power station and this apparatus has to be tailor-made to power stations. That takes a long time.

Sir B. Janner

In view of the very unsatisfactory reply, I beg to give notice that I propose to raise this matter as soon as possible on the Adjournment.

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