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Plastic Bags

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the first-year results of the plastic bag levy in Wales and come to a decision on introducing a levy on single-use plastic bags in England.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We remain determined to tackle the blight caused by discarded plastic bags. We are continuing to monitor progress of the charging scheme in Wales; data from the first year of the charge will be available this summer. The scheme in Northern Ireland started in April and the outcome of the Scottish consultation on a charge has now been announced. We are considering the results of all these schemes so that we can make a fully informed decision.

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