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Publication of correspondence with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP

21 January 2022

The Chair of the Liaison Committee, Sir Bernard Jenkin MP, has written to the Prime Minister to press for greater accountability of the key bodies setting Government policy on climate change.

The Climate Action Strategy Committee has been chaired by the Prime Minister since October 2019. This cabinet committee brings together ministers responsible for domestic and international climate change policy and provides a forum to hold their departments to account for actions to combat climate change.

However, correspondence from the PM (dated November 2021), suggests information about its work will not be available to the Liaison Committee as it is not normal practice for information about Cabinet Committee meetings to be shared publicly. Sir Bernard has written to the Prime Minister to ensure Parliament can have effective oversight of the Committee’s work.

Sir Bernard Jenkin also seeks clarity on whether the remit of the to key Climate Cabinet Committees have changed following the conclusion of the COP summit.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, wrote to Sir Bernard to provide additional information following his appearance at the Committee on 17 November, 2021.

November’s oral evidence session ranged across propriety and ethics in Government, violence against women and girls, COP26 and the recent Budget and Spending Review.

The PM followed up points on:

  • the Bill on Online Safety
  • Climate aid and the climate finance spending on loss and damage
  • Climate Action Strategy Committee
  • Mineworkers’ pension scheme
  • Sex and relationship education in primary schools
  • Universal Credit, and
  • Health Education England.

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