Improving our air quality

Neil Parish MP led a debate yesterday on improving air quality in the House of Commons Chamber.

Neil joined his fellow select committee chairs from Transport, Environmental Audit and Health and Social Care to discuss how to improve our air quality.

Although there have been tentative steps to improve our air quality, Neil and his fellow chairs, highlighted many areas where the Government can improve its new Clean Air Strategy consultation and ensure our public health is properly protected moving forward.

Speaking after the debate Neil said: “I find it amazing that there is still so much work to be done to improve our air quality. It is clear that the Government operates in silos rather than working as a team. This is not conducive to a clean air strategy which will help the whole country improve its air quality.

“Our Joint Report highlighted a number of ways the Government can improve our air quality. I am pleased that the Minister conceded there is more work to be done. However, I am keen we receive more clarity on the Government’s plans to improve air quality.

“Air pollution is a silent killer and the largest environmental risk to our public health. Yet successive Governments have failed to take the bull by the horns and tackle our dangerously high levels of air pollution. The recent steps published in the Government’s Clean Air Strategy consultation are welcome, but it is not nearly enough. If the Government truly wants to leave the environment in a better condition, then it must find more effective ways to improve our air quality.”

You can find the full transcript of the debate here.