HC Deb 09 December 1992 vol 215 cc674-5W
Mr. Simon Hughes

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what action he will take to compel PowerGen to adhere to their previous commitment to retrofit 4,000 megawatts of capacity with flue gas desulphurisation technology; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar

The retrofitting of 2GW of flue gas desulphurisation technology is already under way at PowerGen's Ratcliffe on Soar power station. PowerGen has also applied for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to fit a further 2GW at Ferrybridge C; I am considering this application. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has power to direct Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution to require the fitting of FGD in a particular case if he considers it appropriate.