How many people died prematurely in London in 2005 from exposure to dangerous airborne particles (PM10)?

Simon Birkett made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Sir or Madam,

What response(s) (if any) did the Department of Health (DoH) or any of its associated entities, such as the Health Protection Agency, give to the European Environment Agency (EEA) and/or its agents when the UK was consulted on a draft of the EEA report titled: 'Spatial assessement of PM10 and ozone concentrations in Europe (2005)' which was published by the EEA on 24 March 2009? See:

http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/sp...

By way of background, the Campaign for Clean Air in London (CCAL) is particularly (but not only) interested in views expressed by the DoH or its related entities on the EEA's calculation of premature deaths with a view to CCAL better estimating the number of people likely to have died prematurely in London in 2005 due to exposure to dangerous airborne particles (PM10).

CCAL wrote to the Secretary of State for Health on 19 April 2009 on this general subject (see link below) and the DoH responded helpfully to that letter (in an email dated 13 July 2009) (Your ref: DE00000425967).

http://www.cleanairinlondon.org/blog/_ar...

I look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Birkett
Principal Contact
Campaign for Clean Air in London

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Dear Mr Birkett
Thank you for your two e-mailed Freedom of Information requests dated 20
July 2009. This response relates to these two requests, and we are dealing
with them under the Environmental Information Regulations.
You ask whether there has been any communication with HM Treasury which
seeks to influence the choice of coefficients used in estimating the
impact of air pollution in relation to the advice published by the
Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) titled `Long-Term
Exposure to Air Pollution: Effect on Mortality'. Neither the Department of
Health (DH) nor the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has received any such
request from HM Treasury. COMEAP is an independent expert advisory
Committee that comes to its own views based on the evidence before it and
not on any interest that a Government Department such as HM Treasury might
have.
Your other request asks if either DH or the HPA responded to a European
Environment Agency (EEA) request for comments on a technical report titled
`Spatial assessment of PM10 and ozone concentrations in Europe (2005)'
prior to its publication on 24 March 2009. The DH and HPA did not respond
prior to publication but as outlined in the response to you of 13 July
2009 we have concerns about the calculation methodology applied in the EEA
report and the HPA plans to take this issue up with the EEA.
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