HC Deb 15 January 1975 vol 884 cc98-9W
27. Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a study of the level of atmospheric lead pollution in (a) Parliament Square, (b) Trafalgar Square and (c) Marble Arch; and if he will publish the results.

Mr. Oakes

Measurements of the incidence of certain pollutants, including lead, are already being made in a number of London streets. The need for further monitoring will be considered by the Department's Air Pollution Monitoring Management Group once the results from the current programme have been assessed.

55. Miss Fookes

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he intends to take in the light of the first results of studies by the OECD that sulphur dioxide emitted by factories and power stations tends not to disperse quickly but to remain in a compact cloud at a height of about 6,000 feet.

Mr. Denis Howell

The full results of the OECD study on the long-range transport of air pollutants will not be available until next year. The United Kingdom is playing an active part in this study and I do not recognise the information quoted by the hon. Member. The various measures imposed by central and local authorities responsible for air pollution control ensure that emissions of sulphur dioxide from factories and power stations are generally rapidly dispersed in the atmosphere.