HC Deb 07 March 1990 vol 168 cc719-20W
Mrs. Ann Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the Government will support the proposals contained in the European Community draft directive COM (89) 662 to reduce evaporative emissions from cars by the fitting of carbon canister technology; whether the Government will support the further "stage 1" controls; and what the likely costs of such measures will be.

Mr. Atkins

[holding answer 1 March 1990]: I have been asked to reply.

I am preparing an explanatory memorandum on the COM (89) 662 proposals (Council document No. 4704/90). It will be submitted to the House shortly. The Commission has yet to make proposals concerning stage 1 controls on evaporative emissions in the petrol distribution network from refinery to retail forecourt.