HC Deb 28 November 1961 vol 650 cc31-2W
70. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs, in view of the fumes emitted by Battersea Power Station, what advice has been given by the Alkali Inspectorate on how the nuisance from these fumes may be reduced.

Mr. Rippon

The Central Electricity Generating Board is under obligation to wash the flue gases in order to remove sulphur. This gives rise to the characteristic while plume. Under certain atmospheric conditions this plume falls to ground level. The Alkali Inspectors have advised the Board that in such conditions it may be in the public interest to maintain the buoyancy of the gases, in order to ensure their dispersal, even at the expense of some reduction in sulphur removal.