Olympic Games 2012: Air Quality

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th May 2011.

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Photo of Lord Pendry Lord Pendry Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their plan of action to ensure that air quality is at a safe level for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government are committed to working towards the European Union's air quality standards. We expect to achieve health-based limits for particulate matter in 2011 and in September we will submit to the European Commission our plans to achieve limits for nitrogen dioxide.

We are working closely with the Mayor of London to improve air quality in London, including plans for reducing pollution across London in respect of the Olympic Games. The Government have recently made an extra £5 million available to help the mayor tackle some of London's worst pollution hotspots. During the Olympic Games our ambition is that all spectators should travel to London venues by public transport, cycling or on foot. These and other measures will help to improve air quality in London during the Games.

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