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Community Infrastructure Levy

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Office for National Statistics has classified the community infrastructure levy as a form of taxation. (319636)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking whether the Office for National Statistics has classified the community infrastructure levy as a tax (319636).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has not yet made a classification decision with regard to the Community Infrastructure Levy. Although the concept of a levy has been around for some time, having been part of the Planning Act 2008, ONS does not generally consider draft proposals as part of its classification process. Consequently, ONS has been waiting for the publication of the finalised version before formally considering it and making a classification decision.

The exact details of how the levy will be implemented have only been published recently, with the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 laid before the House of Commons on 10 February 2010. ONS will make a formal classification decision on the levy in due course.

A summary of the UK National Accounts sector and transaction classification process is published on the ONS website at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/national_statistics/cop/downloads/NAclassification.pdf