Every year, an estimated 40,000-50,000 Britons die prematurely because of the inhalation of toxic gases like nitrogen dioxide. To put this figure into context, 1,732 people died on British roads last year - a figure more than 20 times smaller.
The Environment Select Committee, which I chair, published a report on air quality in April this year. It called current air pollution a ‘public health emergency’ and proposed a range of measures to clean up British air.
Neil Parish MP
The Government recently lost its case in the High Court its plans to tackle air pollution after so many local authorities were in breach legal limits on nitrogen dioxide levels.
Government, both local and national, can no longer continue to ignore the effects of poor air quality in our towns and cities. It’s time for robust measures to tackle this problem once and for all.