To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer
(1) which organisations and individuals he has (a) already consulted and (b) plans to consult on the future of landfill tax credit; and when the consultations took place;
(2) when he plans to make an announcement on the future of landfill tax credit.
The Government are committed to meeting the challenging targets for waste recycling set out in Waste Strategy 2000. As stated in Budget 2001, it is attracted to replacing all or part of the landfill tax credit scheme with a public spending programme to direct resources towards Government priorities on sustainable waste management. The Government, together with the devolved Administrations, are now beginning work on developing options for a spending programme for consideration as part of Spending Review 2002. In taking forward this work, the Government will consult with interested parties on the shape of any replacement scheme and the transition to any replacement.