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Air Pollution

Volume 82: debated on Monday 8 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how much he expects to spend on air pollution research in 1985–86; and how this compares with expenditure in 1984–85.

My Department expects to spend about £3·4 million on air pollution research in 1985–86, compared with expenditure of £1·9 million in 1984–85.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what were the results of the Government's consideration of the need to set up a research programme into causes and control of reductions in atmospheric visibility.

Visibility impairment is one of several consequences of photochemical activity in the atmosphere. These consequences are best considered as a whole. An expert group is being set up to review the evidence about the problem, both in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, and the current relevant research, including that covered in my Department's own programme. I expect the group to report in two years' time.