HC Deb 06 November 1986 vol 103 cc510-1W
Mr. Key

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to determine the appeal by Downton Tannery Ltd. under section 39 of the Control of Pollution Act lodged on 24 June 1985.

Mr. Waldegrave

The appeal is still under consideration by my right hon. Friend, but a decision will be announced as soon as possible.

Mr. Simon Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he intends to introduce legislation requiring all petrol stations to supply lead-free petrol.

Mr. Waldegrave

As I explained in answer to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Mr. Carlisle) on 23 June, at column 3, the Government intend that there should be at least a minimum network at petrol stations offering unleaded petrol in 1987, building up to wider availability by October 1989.

Since then unleaded petrol has become available at over 170 petrol stations across the country. This is a good start, and the Government hope that this growth will continue by voluntary action by the industry, but we have not ruled out taking measures to require the provision of unleaded petrol in garages above a particular size if this proves necessary.