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Climate Change: Disclosure of Information

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the UK delegation voted against the decision on confidentiality of draft reports taken at the 33rd session of the Independent Panel on Climate Change.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The decision on confidentiality at the 33rd session was agreed by consensus; a vote was not required.

The UK considers that this IPCC Decision is in line with current IPCC practices for reviewing emerging reports, which seek to balance the need for openness and transparency of the assessment process with the risks of undermining the review process, or misleading the public, by openly exposing draft reports prematurely.

Conscious of the value of further developing transparency and openness, the UK urged the panel to consider ways to widen expert comments in the development of reports. The panel agreed that this would be taken forward as part of the ongoing work of the Task Group on Processes and Procedures.

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