§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to receive results of Treasury models of the social effects of the EC energy tax proposals; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maude
The European Commission has yet to produce a formal proposal for a carbon/energy tax and the communication presented to the Council was not specified in sufficient detail to allow the likely social impact of the measure to be estimated. The effects would depend both on the specification of the tax and the use made of the revenue it would generate.