Concern (Supplementary) [14]

Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

OK. If it was too long-winded, simply, can we have an index of premature deaths from poor air quality against road fatalities in the annual Health, Safety and Environment reports that TfL issue, just as a broad indication of where we are going on this issue?

Supplementary To: 

Answer

Answer for Concern (Supplementary) [14]

Answer for Concern (Supplementary) [14]

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

I am not sure that I should publish data that is not mine. I think, actually, that there is such data and that there is a limit to what I think you would expect an urban transport authority to do. Actually, in my professional terms, we are doing more about this issue than any of my colleagues throughout world cities as a transport authority. I am not actually sure that I would see that I should be publishing data which is a region or nationwide health issue. Actually, the reason of course we publish road fatalities, even though many of them are on roads that are not under our control, is that we are an authority that does have a real transport interest. We do publish quite a lot of information about air quality and we do quite a lot about it. But I am not sure I see the point of me publishing those figures.