Lib Dem MP Christine Jardine has today pressed health ministers over government action to protect children from the impact of toxic air.
Ms Jardine’s Edinburgh West constituency contains two of Scotland’s most polluted roads – St John’s Road and Queensferry Road.
A recent child health study has found that children living within 75 metres of a major road had a 29% increased risk of lifetime asthma, and that traffic-related air pollutants near homes and schools are associated with a 1.5-fold increased risk of new-onset asthma.
After raising the issue in the House of Commons, Ms Jardine said:
“Children tend to be exposed to higher levels of pollution than adults, and the impact this has on their health is extremely concerning.
“2000 nurseries in this country lie alongside heavily polluted streets.
“With two of Scotland’s most polluted roads located in Edinburgh West, I’m particularly worried about children in my constituency who have no choice to breath in toxic air.
“Air pollution doesn’t stop at borders, and it doesn’t respect devolution.
“UK ministers need to work with their counterparts in Holyrood towards implementing legally binding committeeman’s to reduce the exposure of children to air pollution.
“Nationally, Emissions of air pollutants have not dropped significantly over the past three years, and that simply cannot go on”.