Government panned over pesticides, aggregates taxes

The Government's apparent decision to drop a pesticides tax and its handling of the development of a tax on aggregates were strongly criticised in a report published by the House of Commons Environment Committee on 29 February. 1 The Committee wants to see the pesticides tax introduced, but has backed the quarrying industry's plea for exemption from an aggregates tax for firms participating in a voluntary environmental improvement scheme. It has also repeated its call for a Green Tax Commission to assist in environmental tax reform.

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