Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2007-08

18 December 2007


Climate change: the "citizen's agenda": Government Response to the Eighth Report from the Committee, Session 2006-07

Secretary of State to be brought back before Committee to answer for Government's disappointing response to report on Climate Change

Commenting on the Government's response to its Eighth Report of Session 2006-07, Climate change: the "citizen's agenda", the Environment, Food and Rural Select Affairs Committee has expressed disappointment at the negative approach of the Government to a number of its recommendations. It has decided to hear oral evidence from the Secretary of State Hilary Benn so that it can question him on the Government response.

The Chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, the Rt Hon Michael Jack MP, said:

"The Committee has taken the unusual step of inviting the Secretary of State back to explain in person the disappointing and negative tone the Department's response to the Committee's very positive recommendations in its report Climate Change: the Citizen's Agenda.

"The Committee put forward a number of strong ideas on how to improve the Government's policies to encourage individuals to make their own contribution to CO2 emissions reductions.

"In spite of Defra's many paper schemes the Committee found there is still a disappointing lack of engagement with the public."


The Government response, together with the Committee's own comments on the response, is the Committee's Second Report of Session 2007-08 (HC 189).

Further details about this inquiry can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environment__food_and_rural_affairs/efra_climate_change__citizen_s_agenda.cfm

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