HC Deb 08 November 1999 vol 337 cc439-40W
Mr. Brake

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research has been conducted into the impact on less energy-intensive firms and sectors of granting significant discounts to energy-intensive operations; and how this has affected the levels and extent of such discounts. [97379]

Mr. Timms

The Government aim to design the climate change levy in a way which maximises environmental effectiveness while safeguarding competitiveness. The Government have received a number of representations about the effects of the climate change levy and the rates that might apply to different sectors, which we will be considering carefully when finalising the design of the levy. The Chancellor has indicated that he intends to say more about the design of the climate change levy in the 9 November Pre-Budget Report.