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Pollution: Greater London

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he or Ministers from his Department last met the Mayor of London to discuss air quality and the western extension of the congestion charging zone. (255491)

The Minister for Sustainable Development and Energy Innovation, Lord Hunt, met the Mayor of London on 22 January 2009. At this meeting they discussed air quality in London and arrangements to work together to improve air quality.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which stretches of London’s roads are expected to breach EU air quality legislation on particulate matter in 2011; and if he will make a statement. (255492)

The consultation documents published on 29 January on the UK’s draft notification to the European Commission on the additional time available to meet the limit value for particulate matter in certain areas, explain that existing measures, and those in development, are expected to ensure compliance with the limit values for particulate matter across all of Greater London by 2011. Copies of the consultation documents can be found on the DEFRA website:

www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/air_quality/index.htm.

The Government and the Mayor of London are committed to working together to ensure the UK will meet the limit values for particulate matter by 2011.