Meeting with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3042
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

On 19 July 2017 on Twitter you described your meeting with Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on tackling London's toxic air quality as "positive". What specifically were you referring to?

Answer

Answer for Meeting with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Answer for Meeting with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I met with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss my environmental priorities, including air quality and the potential impact of Brexit on environmental standards and protections.

You will appreciate that the detailed contents of such meetings need to remain private, but generally I found the Secretary of State's attitude positive as he was interested in the many actions I am taking to improve air quality in London and was supportive of further dialogue.

I want to work with him over the coming months to make the case across Government that they need to do more to improve air quality and deliver this quickly. At a minimum there needs to be a targeted national vehicle scrappage fund to get the most polluting diesel cars and vans off our streets now.