§ Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much the annual vehicle excise duty of a 40 tonne truck will be reduced as a result of the proposed introduction of a Brit disc on foreign hauliers. 
§ Mr. Timms
The Government announced in the pre-Budget report that they intend to introduce a 'user charge' or `vignette' scheme in the UK for lorries. The Government would intend that UK hauliers would face no additional costs as a result.
No decisions on the detailed arrangements of such a scheme have been taken. The Government will consult on the operational implications. In addition the Government announced that they plan to reform vehicle excise duty for lorries in Budget 2001. They are consulting on this reform.