Climate Change

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 6th March 2008.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling The Chancellor of the Exchequer 10:30 am, 6th March 2008

It is important that we follow Sir Nicholas Stern's advice. My hon. Friend is right that his findings, which I do not think have been disputed by any serious commentator, are that unless we are prepared to make the necessary investment now to tackle climate change, we will pay a heavy price in terms of loss of GDP not just in our country, but across the world. The Government will keep that under continuous review, and the sums that we are spending on tackling climate change are reflected in the additional money that has been given to Departments right across the piece. She is right that we must make the necessary investment over the next few years if we are to tackle climate change and ensure economic growth in the future.

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S Hewlett
Posted on 7 Mar 2008 12:15 pm (Report this annotation)

But Dr Jones did not say, as you claim, that "we must make the necessary investment over the next few years if we are to tackle climate change and ensure economic growth in the future" - she merely asked a question.

I can understand your not giving precise figures in GDP percentage terms, given the nature of the issue, but it is unforgivable to put words into the mouths of others.