Air Pollution

Health written question – answered on 4th November 2013.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the World Health Organisation 2013 review of evidence on health aspects of air pollution.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department recognises that air pollution has important effects on public health and welcomes the World Health Organisation's Review of Evidence on Health Aspects of Air Pollution (REVIHAAP). The scientific evidence now available and described in REVIHAAP provides additional support for adverse health effects associated with long- and short-term exposures to air pollutants.

The REVIHAAP report has been used to inform the work of the Department's Expert Advisory Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, for example, in its recent discussions of the health effects associated with different components and sources of particulate air pollution. It will also inform the prioritisation of items on the Committee's work programme and associated work at Public Health England's Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards.

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