Consultation response: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry on Defra's responsibilities for air quality

The RCP's consultation response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee invitation for written submissions on how well the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is leading action to tackle air pollution.


  • The RCP has significant concerns that Defra’s proposed air quality plans are insufficient to tackle the scale of the problem with air quality in the UK.
  • The RCP believes that Defra should play a greater role in supporting local authorities with the resources and capacity to tackle poor air quality and its deleterious effects on health.
  • The RCP believes there is a gap in responsibility for the health impacts of road transport.


For more information contact Methela Haque, RCP public affairs adviser via email on