First Minister's Statement: Scottish Government's Programme

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:34 am on 3rd September 2008.

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Photo of Robin Harper Robin Harper Green 9:34 am, 3rd September 2008

I thank the First Minister for his kind words on the Scottish Green Party's contribution to sustainability over the past year and welcome the climate change bill. However, having a climate change bill with an exemption for air transport is a bit like having a diet plan with an exemption for pies, beans, chips and black puddings. There is also the omission of annual targets. Does the First Minister not welcome the fact that 21,000 people who responded to the consultation asked for annual targets? The Liberal Democrats support annual targets, as do the Greens—indeed, even some members of the Labour Party support them. Does he not agree that it is time for us to consider putting the teeth back into the climate change bill?