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Climate Change Summit

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department attended the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in 2009. (265919)

[holding answer 24 March 2009]: Two senior scientists from the Department attended the International Congress on “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions” held in Copenhagen.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department attended the International Climate Change Conference in New York in 2009. (265920)

[holding answer 24 March 2009]: No staff from the Department of Energy and Climate Change attended the 2009 international conference on climate change in New York, organised by the Heartland Institute. This event was predominantly aimed at environmental sceptics.

It ran almost concurrently with the international scientific conference on climate change, supported by the Government of Denmark, in Copenhagen. This mainstream event attracted some 2,000 scientists and experts, including many leaders in their fields, and therefore took priority for our officials.