HC Deb 13 November 2001 vol 374 cc661-2W
Mr. Watts

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in reviewing arrangements to refine the way the aggregates tax fund works. [12815]

Mr. Meacher

I have been asked to reply.

We published a consultation paper on the possible distribution of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in England on 2 October 2001. A copy is available on the Department's website http://www.defra.gov.uk/ and is also available in the Library of the House.

The consultation paper includes proposals to support work under three objectives and three following initial distribution of funding.

£ million
2002–03 2003‒04
Minimising the demand for primary aggregates 6.5 9.0
Promoting environmentally friendly extraction and transport 6.0 6.0
Reducing the effect of local aggregate extraction 16.5 14.0
Total1 29.0 29.0
1Totals to be finalised to £29.3 million

The consultation period closes on 27 November.