HC Deb 26 March 1998 vol 309 cc211-2W
Mr. Stunell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 4 March 1998, Official Report, column 648, on the Kyoto Protocol, if he will list his objectives in respect of each of the outstanding issues. [35616]

Mr. Meacher

Consistent rules, modalities and guidelines for the operation of each of the flexible mechanisms of emissions trading, joint implementation and the clean development mechanism must be put in place at the earliest opportunity. They should ensure that the mechanisms provide real, cost effective and verifiable environmental benefits and do not create loopholes that undermine the objectives of the Protocol.

It is also a priority for the UK and its EU partners to continue the dialogue with developing countries at the 4th Conference of the Parties and beyond about how to take forward the issue of increasing participation in global efforts to combat climate change.

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