HC Deb 03 April 1980 vol 982 c343W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what is the practice established in other European countries covering the avoidance of sulphur dioxide emissions due to the production of electricity from fossil fuels or any manufacturing process;

(2) when sulphur dioxide emissions in the United Kingdom reached a peak; and what he considers will be the trend due to the projected increase in power stations coal consumption;

(3) whether he accepts the estimate contained in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report "Programme on the Long Range Transport of Air Pollutants (1977)", that the United Kingdom accounted for 24 per cent. of Norwegian deposits of sulphur;

(4) what would be the cost to the United Kingdom following the removal of 60 per cent. of the sulphur dioxide emissions from (a) power stations and (b) other processes of manufacture.

Mr. Fox

I shall answer these questions shortly.