ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT COMMITTEE

28 July 2004 Budget 2004 and Energy


28 July 2004 Budget 2004 and Energy

PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT

This report will be published on

Wednesday 11 August 2004 at 11am

Budget 2004 and Energy will be published as the Committee's Tenth Report, HC 445, at 11am on Wednesday 11 August 2004

Due to the Parliamentary recess, organisations and representatives of the media may order reports in advance only by fax on 020 7219 1224, to be collected from the Reception at 7 Millbank from 11am on Wednesday 11 August 2004.

Once the Report has been published, copies can be obtained from TSO outlets and from the Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, Parliament Square, London SW1A 2JX (020 7219 3890) by quoting House of Commons No. 445.

The text of the Report will also be available from approximately 3.30pm onwards on Wednesday 11 August, on the Committee's Internet homepage.

Notes for Editors

1.The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) regularly reviews the progress made by the Treasury in placing environmental objectives at the heart of its fiscal strategy.   In doing so, it has taken as one of its reference points the Statement of Intent on Environmental Taxation, which the Treasury itself released in July 1997.  Details of all the Committee's press releases and inquiries, together with its Reports and other publications, are available on the Committee's Internet home page.

2.Its last report in this series, Pre-Budget Report 2003: Aviation Follow-up, was published on Monday 15 March, three days before the Budget.   The report focused specifically on aviation policy in the light of the Aviation White Paper and the Government response to EAC's earlier report on this topic last year.   However, the Committee also took evidence on other aspects of the Government's Pre-Budget Report and made it clear, both in the report and the associated press release, that it intended to continue its evaluation of other aspects of the Pre-Budget Report after the Budget, taking into account any other announcements which might be made.