HC Deb 24 November 1999 vol 339 c152W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps in his next Budget to reduce the VAT rate payable on energy-saving materials; and if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on this. [99545]

Dawn Primarolo

This Government have already reduced to 5 per cent.—the lowest level allowed under EC law—the VAT rate applicable to grant-funded installation of energy saving materials in the homes of the less well off. EC VAT law does not allow the UK to apply a reduced VAT rate to sales of energy saving materials for DIY installation.

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