New Clause 22 — Interpretation of the green purposes: duty to assess impact on the Climate Change Act 2008

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 3:09 pm, 17th October 2012

I understand that. The hon. Gentleman will recall that I posed a number of questions in Committee: could the green investment bank invest in forests or in the supply chain for the automotive industry to ensure that we have low-carbon engines? There was a whole range of different debates in Committee, which I thought were useful. As I said, there is a balance to be struck, and that is what new clause 22 is about. Is the aim to achieve what we all want to achieve—igniting, for want of a better term, the green economy—or is the provision too prescriptive? There is a balance between being too broad and too narrow.