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Responding on the more general principle, the noble Baroness is right to say that with this Bill, the Energy Act, the Planning Act and the Climate Change Act, it is a challenge to find ones way through and to understand how they fit coherently together. However, the Government have deliberately brought these pieces of legislation through Parliament in close proximity. We see them as being consistent. I know that we have had a lively debate about the interrelationship between the NPS and the MPS and that that raises some difficult issues for noble Lords. None the less, the intent is clearthat these pieces of legislation act consistently together, albeit that the decisions that will have to be made will be tough at times and challenging. There will be tensions between the desirable aims of each piece of legislation.
Lord Taylor of Holbeach: I thank the noble Lord for that response. I cannot agree that including local and global limits the definition of the environment. Indeed it makes it clear that the environment is not just something that happens in your own backyard but is the interaction between everyones environments throughout the world. It is a global issue. The issues of
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The Chairman of Committees reported that, in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 92 (Unopposed Bill to be treated as opposed), any unopposed clauses of the Bill should be considered by the Select Committee appointed on 15 January 2009 to consider the Bill.
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