MPs to debate petition relating to charges on carbon emissions
28 October 2021
On Monday 1 November, MPs will debate a petition relating to charges on carbon emissions.
Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.
Introduce charges on carbon emissions to tackle climate crisis and air pollution
The petition, which has more than 108,000 signatures, states: “Air pollution kills 64,000 people in the UK every year, yet the Government provides annual fossil fuel subsidies of £10.5 billion, according to the European Commission. To meet UK climate targets, the Government must end this practice and introduce charges on producers of greenhouse gas emissions.”
In response to the petition, provided on 30 March 2021, the Government said: “In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to legislate for net zero emissions by 2050 and the Government remains committed to maintaining an ambitious carbon price.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.