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Climate Change

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

22. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account he has taken of the effect of climate change on the economy in his preparations for the carbon budget. (256304)

The Climate Change Act requires the Secretary of State to take into account economic circumstances in setting the level of carbon budgets. Action to achieve environmental goals remains a high priority for the Government in the current economic circumstances. The Government will consider carefully the Committee on Climate Change advice on economic impacts of carbon budgets and announce the levels of the first three carbon budgets alongside Budget 2009.