asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the choice of Bristol as a centre for free exhaust emission tests was influenced by the city council's decision to allow a large bus depot to be built in the heart of a residential area on Creswicke Road playing fields. [HL2079]
No. We are seeking to arrange free emission checks over the summer months for motorists in each of the seven areas involved in the trial scheme for involving local authorities in the enforcement of vehicle emission standards at the roadside. These areas include Bristol, Birmingham, Canterbury, Glasgow, Middlesbrough, Swansea and Westminster. We understand free emission checks are also being arranged in Belfast, although they are not involved in the enforcement trial. A detailed announcement will be made about this shortly.