Cleaner Air for Scotland Strategy

– in the Scottish Parliament on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stewart Alexander Stewart Conservative

5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on its cleaner air for Scotland strategy. (S5O-04240)

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

An independent review of the cleaner air for Scotland strategy has been completed and has identified priorities for additional action. A new strategy that takes into account the review findings is now being produced and will be subject to consultation.

Photo of Alexander Stewart Alexander Stewart Conservative

Friends of the Earth Scotland reported that there are still streets in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness that are in breach of legal limits that should have been met a decade ago. Why are we still waiting for those targets to be met?

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

For a very small number of streets in Scotland there continue to be issues. That is why we have introduced low-emission zones in Scotland and why work is being done to ensure that the zones work well and deliver what everybody wants to see with regard to air quality. Once low-emission zones are in place in the largest cities, we will move on to local authority areas with air quality management areas and consider whether low-emission zones might be appropriate for them. That work is all on-going and is being done to achieve exactly what the member is suggesting.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

Four members want to ask supplementary questions. To be fair, I will not take any of them.