Dr Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), responded on 17th October 2017 to a written question on 9th October, from DUP MP David Simpson (Upper Bann), on plans to introduce a Government scrappage scheme.
The Response was as follows:
In July this year the Government launched the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations. The Government has required local councils to produce local air quality plans which reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the fastest possible time.
The Government is considering how to support people impacted by local plans and will consult in the autumn on measures to support affected motorists, residents and businesses. This could, for example, include retrofitting vehicles, support for car clubs, improved public transport offers or targeted vehicle scrappage.
A number of vehicle manufacturers have recently launched their own national scrappage and trade in schemes that offer substantial discounts off the purchase of a new vehicle.
A cross party group of 67 MPs has previously indicated support for a national Government supported scrappage scheme.
Any Government announcements on a national scrappage scheme would likley be after the Autumn Budget Statement on 22 November.