As the load on the station is reduced in the warmer weather improvements will be made to the existing precipitators in the course of maintenance and overhaul. Major proposals for increasing the capacity of the precipitators are still being worked out with the contractors.
Is the Minister aware that I am getting constant complaints about the filthy conditions suffered by houses in my area and adjoining areas as a result of this shocking fall-out of grit? Is he relying on warmer weather coming to us? Why cannot he do something about it during the cold weather?
I do not think the hon. Member expects me to do anything about that. I can assure him that the district alkali inspector is in close touch with the management and local authority in this case. Substantial improvements are planned for the coming spring and summer and preliminary work has been already started upon them. He must appreciate that this is an old power station and this apparatus has to be tailor-made to power stations. That takes a long time.