Aggregates tax, 44-tonne lorries in Budget controversies

The Chancellor's decision to introduce a tax on aggregates has provoked a row with the quarrying industry - while environmentalists and the rail freight industry reacted angrily to the official go-ahead for 44-tonne lorries. The Budget also saw further steps in the greening of the tax system for cars and vehicle fuels, as well as substantial measures on home energy efficiency. Modest concessions on the climate change levy failed to satisfy manufacturers.

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