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Climate Change

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons he did not place hard copies of the Climate Change Committee's report, Building a Low-Carbon Economy: The UK's Contribution to Climate Change, in the Vote Office; and how many copies of the report have been downloaded from the internet. (243847)

The Committee on Climate Change was vested as an independent body on 1 December 2008, the same day that it was required by the Climate Change Act to give advice on carbon budgets to the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and publish the advice (section 34). Consequently, it could only issue copies of the report on vesting.

The Committee on Climate Change has requested that a copy of the Executive Summary of Building a Low-Carbon Economy: the UK's Contribution to Climate Change be placed in the Vote Office. The Executive Summary includes a CD of the full report.

Copies of the report will also be placed in the Libraries of the House once they have been signed by the Secretary of State.

The Committee on Climate Change does not have figures for numbers of downloaded reports available. However, their reports page, available at:

was viewed 6,921 times between 1 December and 7 December.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what role his Department will have in the promotion of UK climate change and energy objectives overseas; and if he will make a statement. (243946)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has the lead responsibility for the UK's objectives on both climate change and energy. In international negotiations on these issues, the Department works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and other Government Departments.

The Department is leading the Government's work to achieve agreements at EU and international levels on multilateral action to tackle climate change and implementing these agreements.

One example of our current work on energy security is the major international meeting that my right hon. friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is hosting in London on 19 December. This follows on from the meeting in Jeddah earlier this year, to further the dialogue between oil producing and consuming countries. Following the recent volatility of energy markets, the meeting will consider the impact of the global financial crisis on energy markets and investment, and how countries can work together to address the mutual long-term energy challenges we face.