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Chewing Gum

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury on the use of tax incentives for manufacturers of chewing gum to encourage the development of a biodegradable product. (202805)

Any decision on taxation is for my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. However, I am not convinced that taxation will solve the problem which is people dropping litter, be it gum or any other type.

I am pleased to see that Nottingham city council is taking part in this year’s chewing gum litter awareness campaign.