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Air Pollution

Volume 688: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in light of recent analysis showing air pollution figures higher than expected, existing air pollution control procedures, which are governed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe rules on long-range transboundary air pollution and the national emissions ceiling directive, are adequate.[HL1339]

The UK remains committed to meeting its air pollution reduction obligations as specified under the protocols of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP), and the National Emission Ceilings Directive 2001/81/EC (NECD). Recent analysis of the UK's progress shows that we are on track to meet our current commitments.

We continue to review our performance on improving air quality, and have recently publicly consulted on our updated national air quality strategy. We will also support and contribute to forthcoming international negotiations on the review of the UNECE protocols and the NECD.