Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Environment Secretary, condemned the Government’s actions so far to clean up air quality, following a High Court ruling on Wednesday that heard ClientEarth win their case against the Government.
This is the second time in 18 months that the Department has lost in the courts on air quality as Mr Justice Garnham decided that the Secretary of State for Environment had failed to take steps to bring the UK into compliance with the law "as soon as possible".
Environmental legal group ClientEarth described the decision as a "damning indictment of ministers’ inaction on killer air pollution".
According to the ruling, the date for Defra's planned 2020 air quality compliance (2025 for London) had been chosen because that was the date when ministers thought they'd face European Commission fines, not which they had considered "as soon as possible”.
It is disappointing to hear the Minister's response to Rachael's questions, which offered no new and thorough solutions and is without any urgency to a growing problem.