HC Deb 07 June 1972 vol 838 c446
31. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will expedite his study of the problem of exhaust fumes, in the light of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority report, a copy of which is in his pos session, that chemicals emitted in exhaust fumes are combining with sunlight to create smog conditions, and that dangerous pollution is being prevented only by climatic conditions.

Mr. Amery

My right hon. Friend has already announced his intention to introduce controls over the emission of carbon monoxide from vehicles and further measures to restrict hydrocarbon emissions. There is no evidence to suggest that photochemical smog is a significant hazard in this country.

Mr. Dalyell

When will intention be translated into action?

Mr. Amery

As always, the hon. Gentleman has put a good question. I am confident that the Government will produce a good answer shortly.

Mr. Body

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the exhaust fumes of heavy lorries manufactured in France will add still more to the dangers of pollution here?

Mr. Amery

I will look into the point.