Exactly three months after his last Urgent Question on Air Quality, Neil Parish MP, was back in the Chamber, asking a second Urgent Question on the same topic.
Neil, who chairs the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, asked the Government what steps Defra will be taking to improve transport emissions in urban areas. Defra published a Clean Air Strategy today – which Neil welcomed – but it does not go into detail on what the Government will be doing to reduce vehicular emissions.
Speaking after the Urgent Question Neil said: “Just last week the European Commission announced it would be taking the UK to the ECJ over our poor air quality. The Clean Air Strategy is therefore something to be welcomed. It shows a move in the right direction.
“However, I am concerned there is not enough focus on cleaning up vehicular emissions – some of the biggest pollutants.
“This problem has been ongoing for eight years now and successive governments have failed to provide sufficient urgency or resource to fix dangerous air pollution levels.
I thank the Secretary of State for his answers. The Strategy is welcome. But we need to see more cross-departmental working to tackle hot spots in our inner cities.”