MPs’ first green debate, coalition’s first green bill leave all to play for

The new House of Commons’ first debate on environment and energy raised concerns about the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition’s programme. It featured the maiden speech of Caroline Lucas, the UK’s first Green MP

Caroline LucasLegislation to establish a pioneering loans scheme to finance household energy efficiency investments was among 22 bills promised in the Queen’s speech on 25 May.

The speech, setting out the coalition government’s plans for new laws during the next 18 months of parliamentary business, also promised a major reform of the land use planning system as part of a ‘decentralisation and localism bill’.

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