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Packaging: Compensation

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will assess the likely effects on (a) plastic bag use and (b) the waste stream of a plastic bag tax being introduced at a rate of 10p per bag; (151737)

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the case for a trial of a plastic bag tax.

I have been asked to reply.

The Treasury carried out an assessment of the Irish plastic bag tax following its introduction in 2002. A copy of this assessment is available in the Library of the House.

The Chancellor continues to keep all taxes under review. The Government currently have no plans for a plastic bag tax.