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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S4W-02041
Asked by: Humza Yousaf, Glasgow, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 3 August 2011

Question

To ask the Scottish Executive what responsibilities and powers (a) local authorities, (b) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and (c) other statutory agencies have to ensure that air quality in Scotland meets the standards required by the EU ambient air quality directive (2008/50/EC) and what enforcement measures are available to those authorities.

Current status: Answered by Stewart Stevenson on 18 August 2011


Answer

Securing compliance with EU directives is the responsibility of the UK Government and devolved administrations. There are no legal obligations on other bodies and agencies. However, the Scottish Government is working closely with local authorities, SEPA and others to ensure compliance with directive 2008/50/EC as soon as possible.