§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has made an assessment of the implications for coastal areas of an increase in global warming; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
The United Kingdom is contributing to the work of the coastal zone management sub-group of the inter-governmental panel on climate change which is assessing the impact of global warming on coastal areas worldwide. Coastal defence in the United Kingdom is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.