Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Defra's responsibilities for air quality inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Report published: Awaiting Government Response

Scope of the inquiry

Defra has a vital role in ensuring that all individuals in the UK can breathe clean air. The Department is currently consulting on how the UK can meet EU Directive requirements for limiting emissions of nitrogen dioxide. But it also has a wider role in tackling the harmful levels of many other pollutants emitted by the transport, energy and industrial sectors as well as from households and farming.

Latest evidence

  • 20 Jan 2016 - Air quality - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF359 KB) HC 479 | Published 08 Mar 2016

    Evidence given by Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy to the Mayor of London, Councillor Tony Newman, Local Government Association Board Member and London Borough of Croydon, Councillor Nick McDonald, Nottingham City CouncilAndrew Bauer, Deputy Director of Policy, National Farmers' Union Scotland, Dr Diane Mitchell, Chief Environment Adviser, National Farmers' Union

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  • 09 Dec 2015 - Air quality - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF362 KB) HC 479 | Published 08 Mar 2016

    Evidence given by Professor Paul Wilkinson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Professor Martin Williams, King's College London, and Professor Mark Sutton, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh; Simon Birkett, Founder and Director, Clean Air London, and Alan Andrews, Lawyer, Health and Environment, and Clean Air Project Leader, ClientEarth (at 3.15pm).

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