§ Mr. Pike
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if Her Majesty's inspectorate of pollution will hold a public inquiry regarding the application by National Power to burn orimulsion at Padiham power station before allowing a decision to be made on the said application; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
I am satisfied that the public have been made aware of this application. HM IP has received a number of representations which it will take into account in determining the application.
It remains open to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to direct that the application should be referred for his determination. In that event, he would consider whether a local public inquiry would be appropriate.