Air Pollution: Health Hazards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd February 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to include the effects on health of air pollution in the (a) Prevention Green Paper, (b) Environment Bill and (c) Road to Zero strategy.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Air pollution is one of the greatest environmental threats to health. The Department’s prevention paper published in November 2018 sets out our ambition to improve air quality and is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prevention-is-better-than-cure-our-vision-to-help-you-live-well-for-longer

The Department has been closely involved in the development of the Government’s plans to improve air quality, such as the Environment Bill and Road to Zero strategy, in addition to the recently published clean air strategy, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-air-strategy-2019

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