The environment

From melting ice caps and global warming, to the extinction of animals and the destruction of the rainforests, the environment is a topic that is often debated in parliament.

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Recent votes on the environment

  • The majority of MPs voted to express support for Conservative government's programme of legislation as set out in the Queen's Speech, including leaving the European Union, more high speed rail and increasing the national living wage. Show debate 29 Jun 2017
  • The majority of MPs voted to allow the Treasury to increase VAT on the installation of energy saving materials. Show debate 6 Sep 2016
  • The majority of MPs voted for no change in the maximum amount by which the UK's greenhouse gas emissions may be offset by credits relating to overseas activity when determining performance against the UK's carbon budget. Show debate 20 Jul 2016
  • The majority of MPs voted in favour of the government's programme of legislation as set out in the Queen's Speech and to express regret that a Bill to protect the National Health Service from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was not included in the Gracious Speech. Show debate 26 May 2016
  • The majority of MPs voted against reducing the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes and instead requiring a review of minimum energy performance requirements. Show debate 9 May 2016
  • The majority of MPs voted not to reduce the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes. Show debate 3 May 2016
  • The majority of MPs voted for the construction of the HS2 rail link from London to Birmingham. Show debate 23 Mar 2016
  • The majority of MPs voted against requiring a strategy for carbon capture and storage for the energy industry. Show debate 14 Mar 2016
  • The majority of MPs voted against setting a decarbonisation target for the UK within six months of June 2016 and to review it annually thereafter. Show debate 14 Mar 2016
  • The majority of MPs voted for greater restrictions on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas in National Parks, the Broads, areas of outstanding natural beauty, World Heritage sites, and near points where water is abstracted for domestic and food production purposes. Show debate 16 Dec 2015

Parliamentary business about the environment