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Taxation: Quarrying

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-31W, on taxation: quarrying, what steps the Government are taking to specify in their procurement policies the use of recycled demolition waste rather than virgin aggregates. (138769)

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The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), established by Government, is encouraging major construction clients, their advisors and main contractors to make clear commitments to use products with higher recycled content. This includes encouraging the greater use in public sector construction projects of recycled demolition waste rather than virgin aggregates. WRAP’s target for its 2006-08 business plan is for £10 billion worth of construction projects to set requirements for waste minimisation, recycling and recycled content. WRAP is making good progress towards achieving this target, and is working with other programmes to ensure that these commitments are put into effect.