The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia - Science and Technology Committee Contents


Formal Minutes


Wednesday 24 March 2010

Members present:

Mr Phil Willis, in the Chair
Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Graham Stringer

The Committee considered this matter.

Draft Report (The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 46 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 47 read.

Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Noes, 1

Graham Stringer

Paragraphs 48 to 50 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 51 read.

Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Noes, 1

Graham Stringer

Paragraphs 52 to 65 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 66 read.

Amendment proposed, to leave out from the beginning to "We" in line 6 and insert "We have not taken enough evidence on this matter to come to a final conclusion".—(Graham Stringer.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 1

Graham Stringer

Noes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Paragraph 66 agreed to.

Paragraphs 67 to 131 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 132 read.

Amendment proposed, to leave out from "science" in line 6 to the end and add "it would be necessary for the whole of climate science to increase its transparency and improve its scientific methodology".—(Graham Stringer.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 1

Graham Stringer

Noes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Paragraph 132 agreed to.

Paragraph 133 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 134 read.

Amendment proposed, at the end of line 5 to insert "Given the increasingly hostile attitudes of both sides on this issue, it is vital that these two inquiries have at least one member each who is a reputable scientist, and is sceptical of anthropogenic climate change".—(Graham Stringer.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 1

Graham Stringer

Noes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Paragraphs 135 and 136 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 137 read.

Amendment proposed, after "answer" in line 3 add "Within our limited inquiry and the evidence we took, the scientific reputation of Professor Jones and CRU remains intact."—(Dr Evan Harris.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Noes, 1

Graham Stringer

Question put, That the paragraph, as amended, stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Noes, 1

Graham Stringer

Paragraph 138 read and agreed to.

Summary brought up and read.

Question put, That the summary be added to the Report.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Noes, 1

Graham Stringer

Motion made, and Question put, That the Report be the Eighth Report of the Committee to the House.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 3

Mr Tim Boswell

Dr Evan Harris

Dr Brian Iddon

Noes, 1

Graham Stringer

Resolved, That the Report be the Eighth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for printing with the Report, together with written evidence reported and ordered to be published on 24 February and 1 March 2010.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for placing in the Library and Parliamentary Archives.

[The Committee adjourned



 
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