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Atmospheric Pollution

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what will be the cost of adaptation of oil-fired generating plant in Scotland to reduce sulphur emission in the current draft EEC directive comes into effect; and what representations he has made about the proposal.

I understand that the hon. Member has been informed by the chairmen of the Scottish electricity boards that, on certain assumptions about the rate of load growth, relative fuel prices and the definition of zones of special protection for the purposes of the proposed directive, the annual cost to the two boards might be in the range of £2 million-£8 million. Full account is being taken in discussions on the proposed directive of the implications for the electricity boards.