§ Mr. Fox
[pursuant to his reply, 3 April 1980, c. 343]: Sulphur dioxide emissions in the United Kingdom reached a peak in 1970; since then they have steadily declined and are forecast to continue to do so until the mid-1980s. As most of the projected increase in coal consumption in 690W power stations will be to replace oil, total sulphur dioxide emissions will not be greatly affected.
§ Mr. Skeet
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he accepts the estimate contained in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Report "Programme on the Long Range Transport of Air Pollutants (1977)", that the United Kingdom accounted for 24 per cent. of Norwegian deposits of sulphur.
§ Mr. Fox
[pursuant to his reply, 3 April 1980, c. 343]: To effect a 60 per cent. reduction in sulphur dioxide emissions from power stations and other processes of manufacture would involve, in addition to the extensive use of low-sulphur content fuels, fitting a large amount of control equipment in existing plant. This is neither practical nor economically realistic. However, a report on "The Effects of Sulphur Compounds on the Environment", which is in preparation, and to which I referred in the answer I gave to my hon. Friend on 21 February, will consider the economic implications of reducing sulphur dioxide emissions.—[Vol. 979, c. 303.]