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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00968: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the effect on children's health of diesel fumes in city centres.

Answered by: Shona Robison 10 May 2017

Poor air quality affects the health of everyone in Scotland but especially the very young and old and those with pre-existing illnesses such as heart disease and respiratory conditions. In 2010, the UK Government Department of Health’s expert advisory committee, the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP) produced estimates of the burden of added mortality associated with particulate pollution at UK level.The report noted that attributable life expectancy lost in Scotland associated with PM2.5 is 3 to 4 months on average.

The Cleaner Air for Scotland strategy (CAFS) sets out a series of actions for Government, Transport Scotland, local authorities and others to further reduce air pollution and its impact on public health across Scotland.