Aggregates Levy

Treasury written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson Liberal Democrat, North Cornwall

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the judgment of the European General Court in case T-210/02 RENV of 7 March 2012,

(1) what plans the Government have to enforce the payment of the Aggregates Levy on the exploitation of aggregates which have previously been outside the Levy;

(2) what plans the Government have to review the operation of the Aggregates Levy.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The European General Court annulled the original decision by the European Commission in 2002 that a number of reliefs to the aggregates levy did not constitute State aid. The British Aggregates Association contended that the levy contained un-notified State aids in the form of materials which were relieved for environmental reasons when the tax was introduced in 2002.

It is for the European Commission to make a new decision of whether the levy contains State aid and, if so, whether it is approvable.

The Treasury keeps all taxes under review. Any potential change to the existing provisions within the levy will be determined through this ongoing review or by the Commission process.

In the meantime, the Government will continue to collect the levy within the terms of the current legislation.

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