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Power Stations, London (Sulphur Oxide Gases)

Volume 526: debated on Monday 12 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of the amount of calcium sulphate which will be discharged into the River Thames from the gas-washing plants at Bankside and Battersea power stations when these are in full operation, what action he proposes to take to rid the flue gases of the other riverside power stations of harmful sulphur oxides.

I have nothing to add to the answers I gave the hon. Member on 5th April.

If these statements are correct, will the right hon. Gentleman give instructions that no more power stations are to be built within, say, 20 miles of London until a method of ridding the flue gases of these most dangerous substances is discovered?

I said last time that, in accordance with the general policy of generating more in the Midland coalfields, there would be a reduction in these particular stations.