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St Paul's Cathedral

Volume 930: debated on Wednesday 20 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied with the operation of the Clean Air Acts in the light of the damage caused to the fabric of St. Paul's Cathedral by pollution from the Bankside Power Station.

Emissions to the atmosphere from Bankside Power Station are controlled by the Alkali and Clean Air Inspectorate under the Alkali etc. Works Regulation Act 1906 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Gases are washed prior to discharge and the station is operating within the inspectorate's requirements.Air pollution levels in the City area have fallen significantly in recent years and I am not aware of any evidence linking emissions from the power station with damage to St. Paul's Cathedral. If the hon. Member has any specific information and will write to me with details I will certainly have the matter investigated further.