HC Deb 10 February 1997 vol 290 c81W
Mr. Meacher

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on progress made at the Geneva conference reviewing the climate change convention. [14865]

Mr. Gummer

In Geneva, I urged others to follow the UK lead in meeting current commitments; strongly supported the view that the findings of the intergovernmental panel on climate change constituted a clear scientific basis for urgent further action at the widest possible level; and reiterated my call for developed countries to agree, at the third conference in Japan in December, to aim to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to between 5 and 10 per cent. below 1990 levels by 2010.

My address to the conference, together with a copy of the conference ministerial declaration, which addressed most of the same key issues, is available in the Library of the House.