§ Ms Roseanna Cunningham
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his policy on environmental taxation; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Hewitt
[holding answer 25 March 1999]: The Government's Statement of Intent on Environmental Taxation published in July 1997, sets out the Government's policy on environmental taxation. It commits the Government to exploring the scope for using the tax system—as one instrument, in combination with others like regulation and voluntary action—to secure environmental objectives, and details the criteria used to assess environmental taxes.
The 1999 Budget contained the biggest package of environmental tax reforms ever announced in this country. This will provide continuing incentives for environmental improvement and underlines the Government's commitment to protect and, where possible, enhance our environment.
Details of the Budget 99 environmental tax package are contained in the 1999 Economic and Financial Strategy Review and Financial Statement and Budget Report.