During a recent parliamentary debate, your deputy and chief of staff, Sir Simon Milton gave evidence about clause 30 of the Localism Bill. As you know, this proposed clause empowers governments to pass on fines imposed by the EU. During his evidence, Sir Simon Milton mentioned a number of steps which he believed the government should take in order to make the case to the EU either to extend the time limit for compliance or to mitigate the susceptibility of the UK and local authorities to these fines.
1. What are the main areas of disagreement between you and the government on how to achieve these goals?
2. Why do you believe the government has not included several of your measures contained within your Air Quality Strategy within its submission to the EU, despite the fact that you claim these measures will bring London's air quality below the limits set by the EU?