Credibility gap for quarry firms over fight against tax

The quarrying industry has fired the opening shot in a campaign against a tax on aggregates by promising not to reactivate dormant planning permissions in National Parks. An offer by quarrying firms to pursue certification to the environmental standard ISO14001 also appears to be on the cards. But both proposals raise significant questions, and the industry has yet to come forward with ideas for boosting the use of secondary aggregates - a key Government objective for a tax.

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