Kate Osamor (Edmonton) (Lab/Co-op): What progress she has made in consulting on her Department’s draft plans to improve air quality; and when she plans to respond to that consultation.
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Elizabeth Truss): Our consultation on plans to improve air quality in our towns and cities closes tomorrow. Plans will be submitted to the commission by the end of this year. This builds on £2 billion of Government investment since 2011 on measures to improve air quality.
Kate Osamor: I thank the Minister for that response. What action are the Government taking to address the fact that 7,000 Londoners a year are now dying prematurely as a result of toxic air?
Elizabeth Truss: We have launched a consultation on putting clean air zones in place across the country. This is the first ever national network of clean air zones, which will help to address our target of getting to compliance by 2020 in other cities and by 2025 in London. We are working closely with the Mayor to make sure that we introduce the ultra-low emission zones to help deliver that.