London has suffered two major air pollution episodes so far this winter and the Government appears to have ignored both. I have written a series of questions asking about health warnings to the public and advising people to avoid driving in polluted areas. Also, why they haven’t released the figures from a study into deaths related directly to the air pollution episode in 2012.
I have also submitted a set of questions about people taking the particulate filters out of their vehicles and whether the government will take some practical steps to stop drivers evading the anti-pollution rules.
Air pollution is an issue that all governments have tried to ignore and downplay since the European legislation was passed in 1999. The government’s plans have twice been pronounced inadequate by this country’s Supreme Court. Air pollution is the big test of post-Brexit, environmental rules and we have to make sure they get tougher, not weaker.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) deaths, and (2) emergency hospitalisations, were caused due to excess PM2.5 in the air pollution episode of March to April 2014; and whether they will publish the research.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they took to warn the public, media and government departments during the air pollution episode of 29 November to 6 December.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they issued to members of the public, during the air pollution episode of 29 November to 6 December, to avoid driving polluting vehicles and to use public transport, walk or cycle in the areas affected.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they took during the air pollution episode of 29 November to 6 December to ensure that all health care practitioners in the areas affected were aware of the public health impacts.