Climate Change

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:41 pm on 28th May 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour 4:41 pm, 28th May 2008

No, I am still in the middle of answering Mr Harvie's point.

For the SNP to come to the chamber and simply ignore those commitments is not credible, as Gavin Brown said. In an otherwise excellent speech, Rob Gibson let the cat out of the bag. The SNP has not thought through the implications of those policies.

A year on, there has been precious little delivery on the targets. On energy, there has been painfully slow progress on household renewables. The SNP ministers' draft proposals on permitted development rights for microgeneration mystified everybody. Where were they coming from? It was not good enough to follow the UK approach—albeit a year later. Instead, they had to invent a process that would mean no automatic planning permission for mini wind vanes and heat pumps if they were within 100m of the next house. That policy is not just an urban problem; it rules out most of Scotland.

In its recent report, the Energy Saving Trust said that we need grants. Grants are good, and there is support for them across the chamber.