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Air Pollution

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation he has made of the effectiveness of local schemes for improving air quality. (231093)

Under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995, local authorities are required to work towards the air quality objectives contained in the Air Quality Regulations 2000. DEFRA receives action plans and progress reports as part of the consultation process required of local authorities, and the effectiveness of local measures is evaluated as part of this process according to the specific circumstances of each local authority. Local authorities will also be required to report on emissions of particulate matter and oxides of nitrogen from their estates and operations by 31 July 2009, under national indicator 194.

DEFRA also undertakes its own air quality monitoring across a number of national networks. Information on these, as well as information on local authorities with air quality management areas and an annual report on DEFRA's air quality monitoring activities, is available in the Air Quality Archive at:

www.airquality.co.uk.