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Air Quality

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th October 2009.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what new measures to improve air quality in Greater London have been agreed between the Government and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in 2009; by how much each new measure agreed is expected to improve air quality; and in which year it is expected to do so.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) , Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (and Deputy Chief Whip)

Defra has not agreed new measures with the mayor but are pleased to see the publication of his draft air quality strategy. We are in discussion with the Greater London Authority to review the measures proposed in the draft.

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Simon Birkett
Posted on 31 Oct 2009 4:26 pm (Report this annotation)

Dear Lord Berkeley

The Campaign for Clean Air in London (CCAL) considers that the Mayor's draft Air Quality Strategy is 'a start but not yet fit for purpose' to protect public health and comply with air quality laws.

You may be interested to know that the Campaign for Better Transport, CCAL, ClientEarth, Environmental Protection UK (formerly the National Society for Clean Air) and Friends of the Earth have all written recently to Commissioner Dimas urging him to reject the UK's application for a time extension until June 2011 to achieve legal standards for dangerous airborne particles (because neither the government nor the Mayor has a credible plan yet to protect public health and comply with air quality laws in London). Their letters can be seen at:


At it's simplest, we need: a huge public understanding campaign (to warn people about the dangers of poor air quality and explain what can be done about it); one or more inner low emission zones; and a massive government funded scheme to replace and/or upgrade redundant technology (e.g. old diesel vehicles and gas boilers).

With best wishes.

Yours sincerely

Simon Birkett
Founder and Principal Contact
Campaign for Clean Air in London