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Sustainable Development: Expenditure

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government spent on incentivising low-carbon technologies and lifestyles in the form of (a) capital grants, (b) research and development grants, (c) tax and duty rebates, (d) enhanced capital allowances, (e) expenditure on the provision of information and advice to businesses and consumers and (f) other expenditure on achieving carbon dioxide emission reductions in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007. (201594)

The Government have a range of policies in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the move to a low carbon economy. These include spending programmes, fiscal measures and regulation.

Figures for the breakdown requested are not held separately, but spending in 2006-07 on major programmes to support Research and Development and provide information and advice was as follows. The Carbon Trust was given £100 million to take the lead on business and public sector energy efficiency and encourage the development of a low-carbon economy in the UK. The Energy Saving Trust received £67 million to encourage and promote the sustainable and efficient use of energy in the household sector. Spending on low-carbon energy innovation through the Research Councils Energy Programme was £63 million, and spending through the Technology Strategy Board was £20 million. These figures are for Government as a whole, including funding from devolved administrations.

All tax measures that have an impact upon the public finances are scored as a matter of course and reported in PBR/Budget documents.