Select Committee Launches New Inquiry into Air Quality

News published: 11/05/2011

The Committee has launched a new inquiry into air quality in the UK, to assess progress since the Committee’s previous report in March 2010.

The inquiry will examine the latest scientific evidence about the health effects of poor air quality and environmental damage that air pollution causes, including Government research.

The Committee is inviting organisations and members of the public to submit written evidence, on the following issues:

  • The causes of particulate and NO2 air pollution in the UK and how these can be reduced most effectively.
  • The impacts on health and the environment from particulate and NO2 pollution, and how these should be measured.
  • The effectiveness of the Government’s strategy for improving particulate and NO2 air quality, and how that might be improved.
  • The potential effects of the Government’s localism agenda and proposed reforms of public health provision on local authorities’ capacity for tackling poor air quality.

Submissions should ideally be sent to the Committee by Friday 3 June. For more details and guidance on preparing submissions, please visit

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