Air Pollution

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th August 2013.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan (1) to publish for every local authority area in England the number of deaths attributable to exposure to annual mean PM2.5 particulate matter and the resulting years of life lost, as recommended by the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, and (2) to update those figures and the attributable fraction for 2011 and 2012.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Public Health England (PHE) intends to publish estimates of mortality from long term exposure to particulate air pollution (annual mean PM2.5) in 2010 for all unitary, upper and lower tier local authorities in the United Kingdom in terms of attributable deaths and associated years of life lost, as recommended by the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP). This report is currently undergoing an internal review process and is expected to be published later this year after completion of the review process.

PHE is not currently planning to update the figures of attributable deaths and years of life lost for 2011 and 2012. However, PHE will publish annually estimates of the fraction of mortality attributable to long-term exposure to particulate air pollution for all upper tier and unitary authorities in England, as one of the indicators within the Public Health Outcomes Framework for England. PHE will also publish guidance for local authorities that may wish to generate their own mortality burden estimates.

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