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Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 2016.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change) 12:00 am, 12th May 2016

The Government’s emissions reduction plan has been promised by the end of this year, and the Secretary of State has said that it will address the current 10% shortfall for the fourth carbon budget, which was set back in June 2011. Section 14 of the Climate Change Act 2008 stipulates that the Government must lay before Parliament a report setting out how they will meet each carbon budget

“as soon as is reasonably practicable” after setting it. Five years later, does the Secretary of State consider that she is now in breach of the Act, or does she have an unusually elastic definition of the phrase “as soon as is reasonably practicable”?