Pregnancy: Air Pollution

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9th November 2020.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to protect the health of pregnant women from air pollution.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Public Health England (PHE) continues to make the case for critical action to address air pollution so that people in England enjoy cleaner air and healthier lives, especially those who are most vulnerable such as pregnant women.

The Government’s Clean Air Strategy, aims to reduce exposure to polluted air and lower rates of ill health attributable to air pollution and to provide better health outcomes for vulnerable groups most affected by poor air quality, including pregnant women.

To assist with the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, the Department commissioned PHE to undertake a review of the evidence for effective and cost-effective air quality interventions and provide practical recommendations for actions to improve air quality that will significantly reduce harm from air pollution.

The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants has established a subgroup to consider the evidence on the effects of maternal exposure to ambient air pollution on adverse birth outcomes.

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