Health: Air Pollution:Written question - 251249

Asked by Angela Smith
(Penistone and Stocksbridge)
Asked on: 07 May 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Health: Air Pollution
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, what steps his Department took to alert (a) children, (b) older people, (c) people with health conditions and (d) other vulnerable groups to the pollution episodes that occurred across England between 4-26 April 2019.
Answered by: Dr Thérèse Coffey
Answered on: 14 May 2019

During episodes of elevated air pollution (including the episodes between 4-26 April 2019), Defra works closely with Public Health England and a network of health charities to ensure that key health messages are communicated to those who are vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, in addition to communicating through our normal digital channels.

Defra’s Daily Air Quality Index ( assists in understanding air pollution levels and suggests recommended actions and health advice. Such advice applies to anyone experiencing symptoms.

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