§ Mr. Alan Meale
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what action he intends to take to control air pollution from(a) National Health Service incinerators and boiler plants and (b) other Crown properties.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The Clean Air Acts already provide statutory contols over atmospheric emissions from National Health Service incinerators and boilers and other combustion processes on Crown premises. Where there is potential for significant air pollution Crown premises are controlled like any other industrial site by the national pollution inspectorates. Regulations due to come into force on 31 March will bring National Health Service incinerators with an hourly capacity of more than one tonne under their control. A consultation paper in December 1988 proposed further amendment to the schedule of processes subject to prior approval by the national inspectorates and the introduction of a parallel schedule for local authority control. A copy is in the Library of the House.