§ Mr. Boateng
[holding answer 26 February 2002]: As announced in the pre-Budget report, the Government have decided not to pursue a differential rate scheme for so-called "green quarries" at the present time, because of difficulties in assessing environmental performance accurately and the prospect of setting up perverse incentives.
§ Mr. Boateng
[holding answer 26 February 2002]: As announced in Budget 2000, the aggregates levy will be introduced on 1 April 2002. The General Regulations will be made and laid this week. The draft Finance Bill clauses will be published very shortly.
The following technical amendments that the Government propose to make in this year"s Finance Bill to facilitate the smooth functioning of the aggregates levy, and which were announced in the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Stevenage (Barbara Follett) on 12 March 2002, will be effective immediately from the introduction of the levy:327WTo amend the definition of aggregate to include rock that has not been subject to an industrial crushing processTo clarify the definition of dimension stoneTo extend the exemption for processing waste arising from the extraction of coal to the processing waste of all industrial mineralsTo clarify that for all mineral extraction, any aggregate contained in the overburden is taxableTo extend the exemption for aggregate won from forest or farm land and used in adjacent land, to its use in land occupied with that forest or farmTo extend the exemption for drill cuttings to include onshore drill cuttingsTo introduce a number of minor technical amendments which clarify policy intention, close a potential loophole or bring the legislation into line with other taxes. These were detailed in Customs and Excise Business Brief number 17/2001 issued on 28 November 2001.
The proposed relief for aggregates used in processed products in Northern Ireland, will be backdated to 1 April 2002, on approval under European Community state aid rules, to ensure that no levy is paid on aggregate used to make these products in 2002–03.
§ Mr. Boateng
[holding answer 26 February 2002]: The Government have no such plans.
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