House of Commons
Indoor air quality in the Environment Bill
EDM #187
Tabled 13 February 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House notes the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report, entitled The inside story: health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people; recognises that children spend 95 per cent of their time indoors; further notes they are exposed to indoor air pollution from construction materials emitting volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde, lack of ventilation, use of cleaning and cosmetic products, candles, cooking, showering, damp and mould; further notes that indoor air pollution causes respiratory ill-health in particular when combined with outdoor air pollution; and calls upon the Government to include indoor air pollution in the Environment Bill, in particular in relation to schools, hospitals and public buildings, to provide for better ventilation and building regulations to ensure healthy air flow and to regulate in favour of public health in respect of known dangerous substances and to adopt a precautionary approach to new substances until there is evidence of their safety.