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Environment Speech

Asked if the Prime Minister’s speech on the environment was a response to the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the PMS said that he did not think it was a specific response to that. The Prime Minister responded on behalf of the Government on Saturday specifically to the IPCC report. The speech today was the first major speech the Prime Minister will have given as Prime Minister on the environment. What people were seeing was the Prime Minister going through issue by issue, comprehensively setting his views on some of the big issues of the day. Today he was talking about the environment; last week he gave a major speech on foreign policy; the week before he was talking about education; the week before that he was talking about Liberty and the Governance of Britain. He was setting out, across the piece in a comprehensive step-by-step way, what he saw as the future direction on a range of important policy matters.

Asked about the short-term and long-term goals, the PMS said that Hilary Benn had answered that specific question this morning; obviously we needed to set out what we thought our long-term objectives were but we also needed to set out some examples of the sort of practical steps that may have to be taken to deliver on that year by year.

Put that we were missing our targets, the PMS said that what the Prime Minister was doing today was seeing out a series of longer-term objectives and setting out a comprehensive strategy as to how we might deliver on those.

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