§ Mr. Pearson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of(a) the cost of the climate change levy to his Department and (b) the savings from the reduction in national insurance contributions that will occur when it is introduced. 
§ Mr. Denham
The net impact of the climate change levy and the associated reduction in the main rate of employers' National Insurance Contributions on the Department will depend on the rates of climate change levy. The final rates of climate change levy will not be set until the Finance Bill 2000.
In addition, the Government are still considering a number of detailed issues on the tax treatment of a number of different energy products which could have a significant impact in some instances. It is therefore not possible to give definitive figures about the impact of the climate change levy on the Department.