Select Committees relaunch joint air quality inquiry

  Four select committees have relaunched their joint inquiry into improving air quality. The Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Transport Committees have teamed up to scrutinise […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha
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Four select committees have relaunched their joint inquiry into improving air quality.

The Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Transport Committees have teamed up to scrutinise the UK Government’s plans to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution on public health and the environment.

Their initial inquiry was launched in March this year, prior to the government’s publication of the new air quality plan.

The cross-party inquiry will examine “whether the plan goes far enough, fast enough” to both meet legal limits and deliver maximum environmental and health benefits.

Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee said: “The government are on their third attempt to meet legal air quality standards. Local authorities have said the government’s plan for air pollution does not go far enough to help the millions of people living with illegally high levels of air pollution today.

“Ministers will now face unprecedented scrutiny in Parliament to ensure they are doing everything necessary to protect people from filthy air.”

The MPs are inviting written evidence until 9th November 2017.