HC Deb 15 July 1997 vol 298 cc124-5W
Mr. Chidgey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the potential environmental benefits of City Diesel. [7444]

Angela Eagle

The Government is very interested in the opportunities offered by cleaner fuels, including ultra low sulphur diesels such as "City Diesel", particularly their potential to play a part in the improvement of urban air quality. My Department is currently sponsoring comparative trials of both cleaner conventional fuels and alternative fuels, including natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and bio-diesel. "City Diesel" is included in the trials, which will provide an indication of both the emissions reduction potential of the fuels and of the practicability, reliability and driveability of vehicles which use them. The results of the trials will be published later this year.