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ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS/ ENVIRONMENT/ SCIENCE/POLITICAL CORRESPONDENTS

IMMEDIATE

WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH 2004

TONY BLAIR'S CHIEF SCIENTIST TO GIVE EVIDENCE TO LORDS INQUIRY ON CLIMATE CHANGE TODAY

Sir David King, the Prime Minister's Chief Scientist, is due to give evidence to a House of Lords inquiry into Climate Change today.

The Committee is examining the EU's policy to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, international agreements and future challenges.

The Chairman of the Committee, Lord Renton of Mount Harry said:

"It is extremely timely we are seeing Sir David King, given his reported comments that climate change is a more serious threat than terrorism.

"Global warming is a matter of great public interest and complexity."

EVIDENCE SESSION

The EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture and Environment will hear from

  • Professor Sir David King, Chief Scientific Adviser, Office of Science and Technology.

At 11am, Wednesday 10th March, Committee Room 3A, Westminster

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

*Please note: room allocations can change at short notice.

1. This meeting is open to the public. Access is via St Stephen's Entrance, Palace of Westminster. Allow 10 minutes to pass through security checks.

2. The Committee plans to conclude its inquiry before the Summer Recess.

3. The Committee is not examining the scientific side of climate change; the premise of the inquiry is that climate change is occurring and it is largely caused by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gasses.

For further information contact:

Jillian Bailey on 020 7219 8659.

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