Lords air quality debate provokes derision

Peers have accused the government of passing the buck on air quality.

Government whip Earl Attlee provoked laughter in the House of Lords on 23 May, after twice stating that “everyone is responsible” for maintaining good air quality during the London Olympics.

It was in response to a question from Labour peer Lord Berkeley. He was concerned the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could withhold broadcasting profits if limits are exceeded during next year’s games (ENDS Report 436, May 2011). “Is it Transport for London, the Greater London Authority, or the government?” who is in charge of meeting them, the peer asked.

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