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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund provides support for schemes which protect forests or peat lands from deforestation or destruction. (252632)

The Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF) will take delivery of carbon credits sourced from a variety of projects accredited under the UN supervised Clean Development Mechanism. However, none of the projects drawn upon by the current GCOF scheme relate to the conservation of forests or peat lands.