Air quality: A follow up report - Environmental Audit Committee Contents


53.  A year and a half since our predecessor Committee's report was published and nearly a year since the Government response, we have received no meaningful evidence to suggest that progress towards meeting air quality targets has improved. Most of the measures set out in the Government's response are yet to be bought in. There is nothing to suggest that the Government's approach, to shift responsibility to local authorities, will achieve the results required. In the meantime the evidence on the impacts of poor air quality is stacking up and we are failing, and coming closer to failing, more EU limit value targets.

54.  It is estimated that around 4,000 people died as a result of the Great Smog of London in 1952.[72] That led to the introduction of the Clean Air Act in 1956. In 2008, 4,000 people died in London from air pollution and 30,000 died across the whole of the UK. The Government needs to act now, as Government did in the 1950s, to save the health of the nation.

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