17. Mr. Taylor
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the vehicle excise duty for lorries in the light of the discrepancy between revenue raised and total cost to public funds revealed by the Royal Commission on environmental pollution.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer reviews vehicle excise duty before each Budget, taking account of a number of factors, including the competitive position of international hauliers. Vehicle excise duty for most lorry classes has been frozen in the past five budgets.