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Air Pollution: Children and Young People

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL14480, tabled on 12 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to developing a cross-governmental healthy air for children action plan as part of a national framework to protect children and young people from toxic air.

Answered on

26 March 2019

In January, the Government launched the Clean Air Strategy, our world leading plan which focuses on tackling air pollution in England. Air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK. The Strategy, jointly launched by the Secretaries of State for Environment and Health, was welcomed by the World Health Organization as “an example for the rest of the world to follow.”

All the measures set out will reduce emissions of pollution, improving public health. The Strategy includes the comprehensive action required across all parts of the Government to improve air quality for everyone, including children and young people.

Ministers and officials across Government Departments will continue to regularly discuss air pollution and how to reduce it so we can improve the air we breathe now and for future generations.