Policy questions
Mar 9, 2012
Bishop Hill in Climate: Parliament

Peter Lilley is one of the few MPs who will be able to hold his head up high when the lights go out, having refused to back the absurdities of the Climate Change Act. Here he is in more recent action, asking ministers about the IPCC and the Interacademies Council Report:

House of Commons, 8 March 2012: Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden) (Con): What assessment he has made of the procedures adopted by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for its fifth assessment report.

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Gregory Barker): The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently revised its procedures in response to an independent review by the InterAcademy Council. The revisions address the key recommendations of the review and put the IPCC in a stronger position to prepare its fifth assessment report, but there is absolutely no room for complacency.

Mr Lilley: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his answer, which none the less remains complacent. When the InterAcademy Council reported, it proposed radical reforms that would

“fundamentally reform IPCC’s management structure while enhancing its ability to conduct an authoritative assessment”,

and criticised IPCC authors for reporting

“high confidence in some statements for which there is little evidence.”

Most of the InterAcademy Council’s recommendations have been rejected, however. Why are the Government not pressing for them to be implemented?

Gregory Barker: My right hon. Friend will know that, as a result of the reform procedures, an executive committee has been formed and a new conflict of interest policy has been created. The communications strategy has also been elaborated on much more strongly. I accept that this is by no means perfect, but we now have much greater faith in the IPCC and we look forward to seeing its fifth report.

What a comfort Mr Barker must get from the creation of a new conflict of interest policy. I wonder if he knows that it hasn't been implemented?


Update on Mar 10, 2012 by Registered CommenterBishop Hill

Richard Betts in the comments says that the COI policy has in fact been put into action.

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