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Air Pollution: Greater London

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he last discussed air quality in London with the Mayor of London; and if he will make a statement; (317718)

(2) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that London meets air quality standards provided for in legislation; and if he will make a statement.

As Minister for the Environment, I last met with the Mayor of London in August 2009 to discuss air quality in London. Since then, the Secretary of State participated in a teleconference with the Mayor on this same matter on 7 December 2009.

DEFRA officials meet regularly with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London to discuss the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy and action necessary to meet both NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and PM10 (particulate matter) limit values in London. These meetings include discussions on our preparations for our resubmission to the Commission for additional time to meet the PM10 limit value in London. The latest draft of the Mayor’s strategy was published in October 2009 and contained many helpful measures within it. However, further detail on the impact of these measures is needed to assess their contribution to meeting air quality standards. I am advised that public consultation on the strategy should commence in March this year and officials will continue to work with the GLA on the contribution of the strategy to meeting air quality standards.