DEFRA’s air quality appeal dismissed

DEFRA has lost its attempt to withhold information on discussions between former air quality minister Lord Hunt and the London mayor Boris Johnson

The environment department (DEFRA) lost its latest attempt on 11 May to withhold information on discussions between former air quality minister Lord Hunt and the London mayor Boris Johnson.

The Campaign for Clean Air in London (CCAL) put in a freedom of information request for the material in January 2009. The mayor soon afterwards announced his decision to postpone the third phase of the capital’s low emission zone (LEZ), which torpedoed the government’s attempt to extend a deadline for meeting EU particulate limits to June 2011 (ENDS Report 419, pp 7-8).

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