HC Deb 11 March 1968 vol 760 c967
45. Mr. Eadie

asked the Minister of Technology what consideration he has given to the siting of a pilot scheme in Scotland concerning research into the extraction of sulphur from a coal-fired power station.

Mr. Fowler

As my hon. Friend was recently informed, there is no economic case for recovering sulphur at power stations.—[Vol. 758, c. 928–9.]

Mr. Eadie

Is my hon. Friend aware of Press reports to the effect that this experimentation is going on? Is he aware that the cost of sulphur is increasing and that there would, therefore, appear to be some conflict between this fact and his Answer?

Mr. Fowler

I am aware of the reports to which my hon. Friend refers, but there appears to be some confusion here. There is no case for producing sulphur at power stations merely for the sake of producing sulphur. But if sulphur were to be removed from flue gases in the interests of dealing with air pollution, then the sale of by-product sulphur could partially offset the cost of dealing with air pollution.