Air Pollution

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th October 2013.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason he proposes to remove the legal duty on local authorities to monitor local air quality and designate air quality management areas.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government has consulted on options to improve the delivery of local air quality management responsibilities that local authorities have under the Environment Act 1995. This included proposals to streamline reporting for local air quality and to improve reporting on measures to improve air quality.

Local authorities do not have a legal duty to monitor local air quality. The consultation on local air quality management sought views on the implications of the Government's proposals for local air quality monitoring that does take place and also on whether or not local authorities should continue to have a duty to declare air quality management areas, where objectives set out in the Air Quality England Regulations 2000 are not met. The Government is considering the responses to its consultation and expects to publish a summary of those responses by the end of 2013. This will be followed by a further consultation on revised regulations and guidance in 2014.

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