The Environmental Audit Committee holds a one-off session to scrutinise the green credentials of the Government’s proposals for tax changes and spending commitments outlined in the 2018 Budget, as well as asking what the Government missed out in light of the Clean Growth Strategy.
Wednesday 12 December 2018, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
- Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group
- Julian Kirby, Lead Plastics-Free Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
- Josh Burke, Policy Fellow, UK Climate and Energy Policy, Grantham Research Institute
- Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury
- Philip Duffy, Director, Enterprise and Growth Unit, HM Treasury
- Neil Kenward, Deputy Director, Energy, Environment and Agriculture, HM Treasury
- Anne-Therese Farmer, Deputy Director, Energy and Transport Tax, HM Treasury
The Budget has been criticised for being light on environmental commitments. In particular, the absence of a latte levy, a 25p charge on disposable cups, has been a surprise to the Committee.
MPs inquired into the matter last year, and their recommendations for a disposable cups charge followed the successful introduction of a charge on plastic bags, which saw significant reductions in their usage. Government plans to consult on a single-use plastics tax, as well as frozen fuel duty are also likely to be considered during the evidence session.