Four MP committees to probe Government’s air quality plans
MPs have convened four select committees to launch a joint inquiry on air quality to examine cross-government plans to tackle air quality, including the use of electric vehicles.
With the Government due to publish new air quality plans by 24 April after losing a UK High Court case, the joint inquiry will see the Environmental Audit Committee, Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Health Committee and Transport Committee join forces to hold four evidence sessions to look at the scale of the harm caused by poor air quality and whether the revised government plans will go far enough to tackle pollution. This will include looking at holistic solutions, including the use of electric vehicles.
Louise Ellman MP, chair of the Transport Select Committee, said: “The UK economy depends on an efficient and flexible transport system but emissions from vehicles are a significant problem and the standards that governments have relied on have not delivered the expected reductions. We will be asking what more can be done to increase the use of cleaner vehicles as well as to encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport.”