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Climate Change: International Cooperation

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of each document he presented to the recent United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen; and if he will make a statement. (308184)

The UK negotiates as part of the EU and therefore all formal submissions we have made to the UNFCCC have been as part of the EU. The EU made one submission during the Copenhagen climate change conference—the EU presented its fifth national communication under the UNFCCC on 7 December. A copy is available in the Library of the House. I refer the hon. Member to the Secretary of State’s statement of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 42, on the outcomes of the Copenhagen climate change conference.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department attended the Copenhagen climate change conference; and at what cost to the public purse. (309178)

Two Ministers and 36 officials from the Department of Energy and Climate Change attended the Copenhagen climate change conference as part of the UK delegation. The total cost to the UK taxpayer is not yet known, but current estimates suggest a rough costing of £350,000. This includes expenses for non-DECC members of the UK delegation which are covered from DECC's budgets, such as office space and land transportation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the Copenhagen climate change conference. (309314)

I refer the hon. Member to the oral statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 42, regarding the Copenhagen climate conference outcomes.