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Climate Change Levy

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of climate change levy agreements, if she will list each of (a) those facilities whose targets set for them in the relevant underlying agreement have been met and for which there is not a tolerance band in the underlying agreement in relation to that target, (b) those facilities whose targets set for them in the relevant underlying agreement have been met and for which there is a tolerance band but the target has been met without needing to take it into account, (c) those facilities whose targets set for them in the relevant underlying agreement have been met, for which there is a tolerance band and the target has only been met by taking account of it and the qualitative requirements set for the facility have been met and (d) those facilities in respect of which such qualitative requirements have been met and the target set for the facility has not been met because of a relevant constraint or requirement which had a major impact on the performance of the facility operator and prevented the target from being achieved. [82817]

Over 12,000 facilities were recently assessed against the terms of their climate change agreements. A total of 10,608 (88 per cent.) were re-certified for the reduced rate of climate change levy and all of these fall into one of the four categories above. A full list of those that have been re-certified is maintained on the following page of HM Customs and Excise website: www.hmce.gov.uk/business/othertaxes/ccl/red-rate-certs.htm. The number of re-certified facilities falling into the four categories on 31 March is given below.

  • 10,153 facilities met targets which did not include a tolerance band;
  • 455 facilities met targets which included a tolerance band but it was not taken into account;
  • One facility used a tolerance band to meet its target;
  • Four facilities made use of the Relevant Constraints procedure to meet their targets.
  • In accordance with the terms of the CCAs, the Secretary of State has consulted with sector associations to determine whether they have objections to the disclosure of the information requested about the performance of individual facilities and if so to justify their objections. Unless persuasive and compelling reasons are provided as to why disclosure should not take place, I will publish further information when it becomes available.