HC Deb 15 October 2001 vol 372 cc1074-5W
Hugh Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to exempt horticulturists from pesticide taxes. [4542]

Mr. Morley

There are no present plans to introduce a pesticides tax. In the 2001 Budget, the Government welcomed the latest set of voluntary proposals for reducing the environs dental impact of pesticides use and invited the industry to implement the voluntary package nationwide. Progress will be reviewed in the run up to Budget 2002 to assess whether a voluntary approach is delivering significant environmental benefits, over and above those that would result from a pesticides tax.