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Climate Change

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Lord Vinson Lord Vinson Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Over the past year (a) how much money has been raised by the climate change levy; (b) what the cost of this levy has been per individual household; and (c) what the cost has been of the promotion, development and subsidy of renewable energy.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

(a) Receipts from the climate change levy for the 2006-07 financial year were roughly £712 million. HM Revenue and Customs routinely publishes data on levy receipts in the climate change levy bulletin, which is available at www.uktradeinfo.com.

(b) The levy is charged on energy supplied to business and the public sector; supplies of energy to domestic consumers, charities and non-business use are excluded from the levy, so costs are not borne by individual households.

(c) Expenditure by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on sustainable energy projects in 2007-08 was £29.6 million. Of this total, £26 million was capital grant expenditure.

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