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Climate Change: International Co-operation

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department attended the Copenhagen climate change conference; and at what cost to the public purse. (309180)

The Secretary of State and three officials attended the Forest Day event in Copenhagen on 13 December, and the Secretary of State and one official remained in Copenhagen to attend the Oceans Day event on 14 December.

One official attended on 11 December to present the Convention on Biological Diversity’s ad hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change report. He chaired the event and was nominated for and supported in this role by DEFRA.

A total of £3,839.34 was spent on attendance. The breakdown of flights, accommodation, subsistence and transport costs is presented as follows. Accommodation covers hotel costs for four people for one night each.

£

Flights

2,032.09

Accommodation

1,224.48

Subsistence

137.77

Transport/car hire

445