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The Climate Emergency

Part of Debate on the Address – in the House of Commons at 1:41 pm on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 1:41 pm, 17th October 2019

I want to take the Secretary of State back to the Environment Bill for two seconds, because it is important to set targets but even more important to have deadlines for meeting them. She will be aware of concerns raised today that there is a major loophole in the Bill that will essentially give the Government nearly two decades to meet the legally binding future environmental targets. Will she comment on those concerns? It is all very well setting targets by 2022, but not having to meet them for 15 years seems absurd.