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Government's responsibilities for air quality examined

9 December 2015

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee holds the first evidence session on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) responsibilities for air quality.


Wednesday 9 December 2015, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 2.30pm

  • Professor Paul Wilkinson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
  • Professor Martin Williams, King's College London
  • Professor Mark Sutton, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh

At 3.15pm

  • Simon Birkett, Clean Air London
  • Alan Andrews, Lawyer, Health and Environment, and Clean Air Project Leader, ClientEarth

Purpose of session

Defra has a vital role in ensuring that all individuals in the UK can breathe clean air. The Department has consulted on how the UK can meet EU Directive requirements for limiting emissions of nitrogen dioxide. But it also has a wider role in tackling the harmful levels of many other pollutants emitted by the transport, energy and industrial sectors as well as from household and farming.

The Committee's inquiry will explore how effectively the Department's plans, including for Clean Air Zones, will reduce key pollutants. The first oral evidence session hears from academics and campaign groups about the scale of the problem and the impact of air pollution on health and the environment.

Further information

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