HC Deb 22 July 1983 vol 46 cc254-5W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Energy whether the conversion of boilers from oil to coal in the United Kingdom will be facilitated by the acceptance of the draft European Community directive requiring the removal of sulphur dioxide and other emissions.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The draft European Community directive would require member states to ensure that emissions of sulphur dioxide and other pollutants from fixed industrial plant do not exceed certain limits. These limits are not specified in the draft directive and it is not yet clear what impact the directive might have on particular types of industrial plant. Discussions between member states and the Commission on the draft directive are at an early stage.

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