Scottish environment minister Lord Lindsay told the environment council at Luxembourg:
'This proposed strategy, the Auto Oils programme, is essential to achieving acceptable air quality in the UK and across the EU. The government strongly supports it, and the proposal for future emissions standards and fuel quality. We endorse the commission's rigorous and balanced approach, based on sound science.
'The UK considers standards for 2000 and further measures in 2005 are vital. The present proposal is an excellent first step in this overall strategy and the commission has our full support for a demanding review in 1998 to develop a sound basis for additional improvements in 1998.'