My Clean Air Bill has been submitted to the Lords today and will hopefully reach a 2nd reading in a few months. It is one of five separate Bills being put forward by MPs and local authorities to promote the idea of a Clean Air Act.
Sadly, the Government is sticking to its own path of having air pollution dealt with as part of the Environment Bill. I am meeting with a range of NGOs and Rosamund Kissi-Debrah to coordinate amendments to this Government Bill, so that we have legislation that guarantees Clean Air as a Human Right.
We may get the Government to shift towards tighter standards and tougher action, but I will continue to make the case (with many others) for a separate Clean Air Bill that deals with the crucial issue of enforcement in a comprehensive way.