We have already discussed in the debates on clause 35 and new clause 4 our proposals for a new role for the adaptation sub-committee in providing scrutiny of the implementation of the adaptation programme. In accordance with new clause 4, the Committee on Climate Change will look at progress on adaptation, as I have stressed before, as part of every second progress report under clause 35. Clause 36 will require the Government to respond to the Committee’s progress reports under clause 35. The effect of our package of amendments is to ensure that that reporting will happen more frequently than under the present clause 57. Now, the reporting will take place every 24 months, rather than every 30 months.
The reports on progress will now be conducted by independent experts, rather than by the Government, as I have previously explained. Given that the committee will now have that important role in scrutinising progress and adaptation and that the Government will be required to respond to every report, it is not necessary for the Government to produce separately their own report on progress on adaptation. That is, of course, what clause 57 presently provides. I therefore propose that clause 57 be deleted from the Bill.