ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT COMMITTEE

11 December 2006 NEW INQUIRY
Pre-Budget Report 2006


11 December 2006 NEW INQUIRY
Pre-Budget Report 2006

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is today launching an inquiry into the Treasury's latest Pre-Budget Report - Investing in Britain's potential: Building our long-term future (Cm 6984, December 2006). This continues the tradition of annual inquiries into the Treasury's Pre-Budget Reports (PBRs) which EAC has conducted since its inception in 1997.

In these inquiries, the Committee has reviewed the Treasury's annual progress in shifting the burden of taxation onto environmental "bads", while more generally examining the extent to which it is placing the environment at the heart of its fiscal policies. The Committee also usually chooses one or more themes in which to probe more deeply.

In this year's inquiry, the Committee would welcome views, from organisations or individuals, on:

€ How the recommendations and implications of the Stern Review have been - or should be - translated into Treasury policy;

€ The tax and incentive regime for biofuels;

€ Taxation of aviation, including its VAT-status;

€ The effectiveness of the regulatory and incentive policies to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing buildings, and the extent to which they are joined up with the Barker Review of Land Use Planning;

€ Support for low-carbon energy and energy efficiency programmes, including microgeneration and Carbon Capture and Storage;

€ Companies' environmental reporting requirements, following the abolition of the proposed Operating and Financial Reviews last year;

€ Any other aspects of environmental tax and incentive policy.

In addition, the Committee would also welcome comments on any other aspect of the Pre-Budget Report and associated documents which are relevant.

Written evidence should be sent to the Committee by Monday 8 January 2007. Evidence sessions may be likely to take place on 16, 23, and 30 January 2007.

For printing purposes we require written submissions via e-mail to [email protected] in Word format. We are unable to accept PDFs except for supporting documentation already in the public domain which will not be printed by us. Although we no longer require a hard copy, it is your responsibility to check that we have received your submission if no email acknowledgement has been received by you. A brief guidance note on the preparation and submission of evidence is available on the Committee's web pages. For further information on the this inquiry, please telephone 020-7219-2878.

Notes for Editors

1. Details of all the Committee's press releases and inquiries, together with its Reports, oral evidence and other publications, are available on the Committee's Internet home page, which can be found at:
www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environmental_audit_committee.cfm.