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Tackling Climate Change

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 7th July 2010.

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Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Labour, Bolton West 11:30 am, 7th July 2010

Whether his Department plans to provide funding for tackling climate change other than by means of official development assistance from 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

Decisions on UK international climate change finance will be determined through the comprehensive spending review.

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Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Labour, Bolton West

I find that answer somewhat difficult at the moment. Clearly, we need to know what will happen in terms of any such division: will there be separate funding for climate change, or will all the money come from the international aid budget?

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

The hon. Lady will know that the fast start funding for climate change, which will come from the development budget-something that was confirmed by the previous Government when they were in office-takes up to 2012, but I hope she will understand that long-term decisions on climate change funding will need to come from the comprehensive spending review, and that work is happening at the moment.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (International Development), Shadow Minister (Transport)

What account will the Minister take of the increasingly emerging conflict of interest and information on climate change as he develops the development goals?

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

I am not sure that I recognise the hon. Gentleman's point about disagreements on the basic science. I think there is agreement on the basic science, and an authoritative Dutch report published this morning underlines that very point. I would be happy to engage with the hon. Gentleman on what those doubts are, perhaps by letter.

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