Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 4th June 2008.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition, Leader of the Conservative Party 11:30 am, 4th June 2008

That is absolutely no answer to the question of how on earth it is green to tax someone who bought a car five years ago. The director of Greenpeace says:

"It's the kind of measure that gives green taxes a bad name because it does not change behaviour."

A bit closer to home, we have a Government Parliamentary Private Secretary, Rob Marris, who asks, quite rightly

"how can you change behaviour when you are introducing a tax on an action that took place seven years earlier? ...millions...could be affected".

The hon. Gentleman said that this is "retrospective taxation" and that it is "undesirable". If this is the Government policy that the Prime Minister is so proud of, what is that man still doing in the Government?

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