Geraint Davies MP at Prime Minister's Questions


Cameron puts diesel car manufacturers before people’s lives

Geraint Davies, MP for Swansea West, challenged David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament today.

 

Geraint Davies said, “The air in our cities including London is toxic and illegal, with diesel fumes contributing to 800 deaths every week – that’s killing 40,000 a year. So why is the Prime Minister, with the Mayor of London, instead of removing the worst polluting vehicles from our streets, lobbying the EU in Brussels to weaken plans to clean up our air, and save lives?”

 

The Prime Minister answered, “I want a strong car industry in Britain… we are a major investor and builder of diesel engines.”

 

Speaking after the debate, Geraint Davies said, “Cameron’s answer was to put diesel car manufacturers before people’s lives. His response to this public health disaster is unacceptable. Instead of taking action to remove the worst polluting vehicles, he has instead lobbied Brussels to weaken our plans to clean up the UK’s air.

 

“In his answer to my question, Cameron made it clear that his priority is to protect big businesses like Volkswagen, who last year were found guilty of installing defeat devices, which means that more toxic pollutants were on our streets. His Government’s failure is costing 800 lives a week and 40,000 every year.”

 

Earlier this year, Geraint Davies published his Air Quality Bill, which was unopposed in the Commons and included provisions to properly test vehicles, ban the most polluting vehicles from city centres, and give local authorities greater powers to create pedestrian areas and low emissions zones, and promotes a fiscal strategy, such as old diesel scrappage and LPG taxi conversion schemes.

 

Geraint Davies said, “My Bill puts forward a range of provisions which would help to mediate this crisis. The Government’s failure to implement these suggestions have led to a legal challenge in the Supreme Court from climate charity Client Earth. The Government’s failure to act is illegal and allowing thousands to die every year. The Government must now act.”


Cameron puts diesel car manufacturers before people’s lives – Geraint Davies MP

Geraint Davies, MP for Swansea West, challenged David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament today.

Geraint Davies said, “The air in our cities including London is toxic and illegal, with diesel fumes contributing to 800 deaths every week – that’s killing 40,000 a year. So why is the Prime Minister, with the Mayor of London, instead of removing the worst polluting vehicles from our streets, lobbying the EU in Brussels to weaken plans to clean up our air, and save lives?”

The Prime Minister answered, “I want a strong car industry in Britain… we are a major investor and builder of diesel engines.”

Speaking after the debate, Geraint Davies said, “Cameron’s answer was to put diesel car manufacturers before people’s lives. His response to this public health disaster is unacceptable. Instead of taking action to remove the worst polluting vehicles, he has instead lobbied Brussels to weaken our plans to clean up the UK’s air.

“In his answer to my question, Cameron made it clear that his priority is to protect big businesses like Volkswagen, who last year were found guilty of installing defeat devices, which means that more toxic pollutants were on our streets. His Government’s failure is costing 800 lives a week and 40,000 every year.”

Earlier this year, Geraint Davies published his Air Quality Bill, which was unopposed in the Commons and included provisions to properly test vehicles, ban the most polluting vehicles from city centres, and give local authorities greater powers to create pedestrian areas and low emissions zones, and promotes a fiscal strategy, such as old diesel scrappage and LPG taxi conversion schemes.

Geraint Davies said, “My Bill puts forward a range of provisions which would help to mediate this crisis. The Government’s failure to implement these suggestions have led to a legal challenge in the Supreme Court from climate charity Client Earth. The Government’s failure to act is illegal and allowing thousands to die every year. The Government must now act.”

 


TIN MAN FINDS A HEART – AS CRABB DOES A SIDEWAYS U-TURN

This week, I spoke in the Commons in response to the budget and Iain Duncan Smith's resignation:

 

"What a shambles from the Wizard of Osborne, with the revelation that the tin man, the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has a heart. I do not really believe it myself—I believe that he [Ian Duncan Smith] is thinking of jobs after Brexit with the Mayor of London."

 

"Of course, we now have a new Secretary of State, the former Welsh Secretary, who has just done a U-turn on the Wales Bill and has now done a U-turn on disability payments. I never thought that crabs did anything other than move sideways, but there we are. He was cheering away at the Budget a few days ago, but apparently now he does not agree with it."

 

"As usual, the Wizard of Osborne has blamed Labour, but let us not forget that in the 10 years to 2008 the economy grew under Labour by 40%, some 4% a year, whereas that figure is now about 2%. We left debt as a share of GDP at 55% and it is now 83%. Why is that? Because of economic failure and slow productivity growth. Why is that? Because we have low investment in research and development and in infrastructure compared with the rest of the developed world. In particular, that is focused on London and the south-east and not in the north, in Wales or elsewhere."

 

"I welcome the reduction in the Severn bridge toll, but that could have been reduced to a quarter of the price to cover operational costs as opposed to half the price, as the Government will continue to make a large margin of profit by basically putting a tax on trade with Wales. I welcome the news that there might be a new city deal for Swansea and the fact that the Chancellor is still trying to support the EU."

 

"Finally, I should mention the other stealth tax from employers’ contributions on pensions, which is a back-door cut for the Welsh Government that I resist. In a nutshell, this is a sheriff of Nottingham Budget that I resist."

 

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