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Volume 716: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether revenue from the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme will be used to prevent destruction of rainforests. [HL186]

In general, the Government do not hypothecate revenue. Income from taxes and other revenues are pooled in the Consolidated Fund so that spending can be prioritised across the range of government activities in the most efficient way.

Last December, the Government and other EU member states committed to non-legally binding commitments to spend sums equivalent to half of the revenues from EU ETS auctioning to tackle climate change both in the EU and in developing countries. One of the possible areas identified for funding was reducing deforestation and increasing afforestation.

The Government are also working hard to ensure that emissions from deforestation in the developing world are included in a Copenhagen climate change agreement.