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Powers of direction exist, which are contained in Section 363 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, and allow Ministers to reverse a mayoral decision where policies for the devolved Government clash with national decision-making. The Secretary of State also has powers under Section 30 of the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2007, which allow him to direct the Mayor of London and the boroughs for the purposes of meeting the ambient air quality directive's air quality limit values in London.
The Government, however, would prefer to make progress through dialogue. To this end, we are working closely with the Greater London Authority to review the measures contained in the mayor's air quality strategy.