The minister responsible for the UK’s climate change resilience strategy didn’t turn up to a committee on the topic on Monday as the country headed towards the hottest temperature ever recorded.
The session, led by the National Security Strategy committee, (NSSC) was organised to discuss how the UK can adapt critical infrastructure to cope with climate change.
As his role is directly related to the topic at hand Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis was invited to attend the session by the NSSC, but did not turn up. Instead, Roger Hargreaves, director of the civil contingencies secretariat went in his place.
It comes as the UK is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave which has grounded planes, disrupted trains and led to water shortage warnings in parts of the country.
When asked by Lord Butler whether Ellis “is responsible for the resilience strategy”, Hargreaves confirmed that he is.
Following up his question, Lord Butler then asked why Ellis had therefore refused to attend the session to give evidence. Hargreaves responded that Ellis was due to appear in parliament at the time the committee session was taking place.