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Minister questioned on air quality

29 June 2021

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee holds an evidence session to follow up its report on poor Air Quality, which contributes to up to 64,000 deaths every year. Drawing on the Government’s ‘disappointing’ response to the Committee’s report, MPs will in this session question Defra Minister Rebecca Pow, scrutinising the progress made since the Committee published its findings in February this year.

Witnesses

Tuesday 6 July 2021

At 2.30pm

  • Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra
  • Bill Parish, Head of Air Quality and Industrial Emissions, Defra

The session focuses on the Government’s reticence to adopt the World Health Organisation’s target for levels of the lung-damaging pollutant PM2.5 in our cities. Other topics are likely to include the health inequalities caused by air pollution, which especially affect BAME groups living in inner cities. MPs will also scrutinise Defra’s funding of local authorities to improve air quality, including encouraging people to walk and cycle instead of driving as economic activity recovers following the covid-19 pandemic.

Further information

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