HC Deb 01 March 1999 vol 326 cc569-70W
Mr. Bob Russell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for supply of fuel for the Green Goddess fire appliances when the new petroleum regulations on leaded petrol are implemented. [74037]

Mr. George Howarth

Extensive tests undertaken on two appliances indicate that the engines will run on unleaded fuel with minor routine adjustment. We have also carried out conversions to the cylinder heads of two engines, which should enable them to run on unleaded fuel without further adjustment. The converted engines will be evaluated under test conditions before further conversions are undertaken. We are also evaluating proprietary fuel additives, which are claimed to allow vehicles such as the green goddesses to run on unleaded fuel without polluting the environment.

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