Clean air legislation to be consolidated

A Bill to consolidate Britain's clean air legislation received its first reading in the House of Lords on 10 November.1 It will make very limited changes to existing law, although the differing criminal liability regimes currently in place in the clean air field will be placed on a common footing.

The new Clean Air Bill marks the second major consolidation of primary environmental legislation in the past two years. The numerous statutes dealing with water which had accumulated over several decades were consolidated into four Acts last year.

The main items of legislation which will be replaced by the Bill are the Clean Air Acts 1956 and 1968. These contain provisions dealing with the establishment of smoke control areas, and the con

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