HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 c129W
Mr. Bill O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many states in the EU who operate indigenous coal industries have applied for the Emissions Limited Values option within the Large Combustion Plant Directive. [148756]

Mr. Morley

The Directive requires that member states send their National Plan to the Commission if they propose to follow this option. According to the latest information provided by the European Commission, two other member states, Ireland and Finland, have submitted a National Plan in addition to the UK. There is no requirement on member states to notify the Commission if they intend to adopt the alternative Emissions Limit Value option