Mark submitted a written parliamentary question to ask the Health and Social Care Ministers what steps they are taking to assess the effect of urban noise pollution on health outcomes in line with World Health Organisation recommendations.
Jo Churchill, Minister for Public Health, responded as follows:
Following the publication of the World Health Organisation Environmental Noise Guidelines in 2018, the Interdepartmental Group on Costs and Benefits Noise Subject Group (IGCB(N)) was convened to consider any necessary updates to relevant government guidance. The IGCB(N) is a cross Government group led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, that provides analysis and advice relating to the quantification and valuation of noise impacts. Its membership includes health economists from the Department and noise and public health experts from Public Health England. The outcome from the IGCB(N) review will inform any updated government assessment of the effect of noise pollution on health outcomes.