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Carbon Emissions

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of correspondence his Department has had with (a) UK Members of the European Parliament and (b) the European Commissioner on the proposal to limit emissions from new cars to 120g of carbon dioxide for every kilometre travelled by 2012. (242896)

The UK has been fully involved in negotiations on the European new car CO2 regulation—which would set an average (not limit) of 130gCO2/km by 2012—both with the European Commission and the European Parliament. In the years since the Commission’s intention to legislate was first made public, many items of correspondence—estimated at several hundred pieces of information—have been exchanged: these cannot be easily distinguished from other policy items without incurring disproportionate cost. Details of correspondence with MEPs are not normally disclosed.