Michael Fabricant asked the Prime Minister today (Monday 11th May) via a video link (Zoom) what vision he has for a cleaner, greener Britain.
Michael asked the Prime Minister: “”We all know it will take a while yet, but eventually the UK will be free of COVID-19. When that does happen, what is my Right Honourable Friend’s vision? Does he want to see a return to the old normal of pollution and crowded commuter trains, or does he see a better, and cleaner future?”
The Prime Minister answered: “Out of this tragedy and out of this disaster, of course we hope that some changes and some opportunities will come, and I certainly see a huge opportunity for cleaner, greener transport. The UK will continue its mission to be a net-zero nation by 2050 – we know we can do it. As the House will know, we’ve committed £2 billion, to invest in cleaner transport; walking and cycling amongst them.”
Commenting after, Michael says “We have all learned to live or work differently during this coronavirus pandemic. People are using transport far less and many are able to use technology to enable remote working from our homes. As a consequence, pollution is greatly reduced. It would be a huge shame if no lessons were learned and, when we finally defeat Covid-19, we return to the same old working practices generating the same pollution as before.”