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Carbon Trust

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his role in the appointments of members of the board of (a) the Carbon Trust and (b) the Energy Saving Trust is. (266771)

The Energy Saving Trust is a private company. Members of the board are appointed in line with its Articles of Association. The Government have no role in appointing members to the board.

The Carbon Trust is a private company. Under its articles of association, the Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, both appoint one member to the Carbon Trust board. Following the creation of DECC in October 2008, DECC assumed responsibility for sponsorship of the Carbon Trust from DEFRA. We are in discussions with Carbon Trust to consider amendments to the current arrangements for board membership which are necessitated by the creation of DECC.

Other members of the board are appointed in line with Carbon Trust’s articles of association, which are publicly available at the Companies Registry.