Impact of air pollution on Londoner’s health (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 18, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
Lord Darzi, Chair of the London Health Commission

Question

Jenny Jones AM:  Thank you.  Lord Darzi, I think you will find there is a lot of agreement around the table that air pollution is something that really ought to come under your Commission.  I did not quite understand.  Are you saying that you are undertaking work at the moment on this?  You have started work? 

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Answer for Impact of air pollution on Londoner’s health (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Impact of air pollution on Londoner’s health (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
Lord Darzi, Chair of the London Health Commission

Professor the Lord Darzi (Chair, London Health Commission):  We are doing analytical work on what the problem is.  We are looking at the interventions that the Mayor has been leading on, but we are also looking at other capital cities and seeing what else could be done in this field. 

 

Jenny Jones AM:  I think that is brilliant and I look forward to seeing that piece of work.  It is just that air pollution, unlike overeating possibly or smoking or alcohol is entirely involuntary.  We all do it regardless.  I lead a very healthy lifestyle.  I am still breathing polluted air so I was surprised it was not in here. 

 

Professor the Lord Darzi (Chair, London Health Commission):  You are very kind in saying that but all of us have a carbon footprint, and we also contribute to that, but you are right.  There are other factors that are involuntary and we need to do something about that.