Environmental Audit Committee

11 March 2004 Pre-Budget Report 2003: Aviation follow-up

11 March 2004 Pre-Budget Report 2003: Aviation follow-up


This report will be published on Monday 15 March 2004 at 10am

The Pre-Budget Report 2003: Aviation follow-up report will be published as the Committee's Third Report, HC 233-I, at 10am on Monday 15 March 2004.

The written and oral evidence will be published as HC233-II in due course. The Committee has also taken evidence on other aspects relating to the Treasury's environmental tax and spending strategy and will give further consideration to these issues following the 2004 Budget

Copies of the Report will be sent to all those who gave written or oral evidence to the Committee's inquiry.  Organisations and representatives of the media may arrange, by telephoning 020 7219 6150 in advance, to collect copies of the Report from the Reception at 7 Millbank from 10.00am on Monday 15 March 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. 233-I.

The text of the Report will also be available from approximately 3.30pm onwards on Monday 15 March on the Committee's Internet homepage.


Notes for Editors

1. The Committee announced its inquiry into the Pre-Budget Report 2003 on 17 December 2003.  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. The Committee regularly examines the progress of the Treasury on incorporating environmental objectives in tax and spending policies.  In its report last year, Budget 2003 and AviationHC 672 of Session 2002-03 (July 2003),  explored the impact on global warming of the forecast growth in air travel, and the conceptual and practical difficulties in valuing environmental impacts.   It also highlighted the absence of any fiscal instruments to moderate the growth in air travel.  The Government's response to the EAC report was delayed until the publication of the aviation White Paper, The Future of Air Transport, on 16 December 2003.