§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make it his policy to ensure the monitoring of pollution levels in Britain's larger towns; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
[holding answer 24 January 1994]: In the second anniversary report of the 1990 environment White Paper, "This Common Inheritance", the Government made a commitment to extend their urban air quality monitoring network to cover all major cities by 1997. In addition, the Government are currently considering responses to their recent consultation paper "The Future of Air Quality Monitoring Networks in the United Kingdom", which included proposals for a framework which draws local and national air quality monitoring together into a coherent quality assured network.