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Carbon and Energy Saving Trusts

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2009, Official Report, columns 399-400W, on the Carbon Trust: public relations, if he will ask the Board of the Carbon Trust to publish details of payments it has made to (a) Fishburn Hedges, (b) Grayling Political Strategy, (c) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs and (d) Citigate Public Affairs in each of the last five years; (290497)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2009, Official Report, column 999W, on the Energy Saving Trust: public relations, if he will ask the board of the Energy Saving Trust to publish details of the payments it has made to (a) Positif Politics Ltd., (b) Strategen, (c) Weber Shandwick Public Affairs and (d) Consolidated Communications in each of the last five years.

I do not intend to do so. Operational decisions are a matter for the trusts, and the release of these details is therefore a matter for their boards. However, I understand that both Carbon Trust and Energy Saving Trust would be happy to discuss these issues with the hon. Gentleman, and I suggest that he contact the chair of each trust if he wishes to take up that offer.