HC Deb 19 November 1997 vol 301 c201W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the air quality in the United Kingdom's main urban centres on(a) 31 October and (b) 4 November; and what warnings were given to the public concerning air quality on those days. [16413]

Angela Eagle

On 31 October 1997 air quality in a number of UK urban centres was poor. High concentrations of nitrogen dioxide were measured in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Lincoln and Reading. Nitrogen dioxide levels were highest on 31 October, peaking at 257 parts per billion at Camden Roadside. A table summarising the highest hourly nitrogen dioxide concentrations that occurred on that day is shown below. On 4 November 1997 there were no occurrences of poor or very poor air quality at any national UK monitoring site.

Monitoring site location Maximum hourly NO2 levels (parts per billion)
Bromley Roadside 110
Camden Roadside 257
Southwark Roadside 185
Sutton Roadside 172
Tower Hamlets Roadside 110
West London 213
London A3 Roadside 117
London Bridge Place 194
London Eltham 124
London Hackney 100
London Lewisham 131
London Marylebone Road 153
London North Kensington 142
London Southwark 237
London Teddington 114
London Wandsworth 216
Birmingham Centre 151
Birmingham East 115
Bristol Old Market 102
Lincoln Roadside 170
Reading 105

On both 31 October and 4 November hourly air pollution information and air quality forecasts were available on CEEFAX (pages 410–417), TELETEXT (page 106), the Department's free phone information line (0800 556677) and through the Department's Internet site. In addition, air quality forecasts and information on pollutant levels were sent to national and regional newspapers, television, radio stations, Government agencies, local authorities and environmental groups.