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Environmental Taxes

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

20. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which methodologies his Department uses to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental taxes; and if he will make a statement. (111041)

An update on the impact of the environmental taxes is included in the Budget and pre-Budget report. This covers analysis and summaries of data received from a range of sources, including:

an independent evaluation of the impact of the climate change levy, published at Budget 2005;

data on virgin aggregate sales and on the use of recycled aggregate;

data on waste arisings and waste sent to landfill;

reports and studies that cover the energy, waste and aggregate/construction sectors;

formal and informal discussions with industry representative bodies and Government stakeholders; and

information from Revenue and Customs assurance visits.