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MPs to assess Treasury's contribution to recycling

A parliamentary watchdog for the sustainability performance of Government departments and other public bodies is to investigate the Treasury’s contribution to meeting waste and recycling targets.

A call for evidence from the Environmental Audit Committee follows its original call in December 2015 on the role of the Treasury in relation to sustainable development and environmental protection.

 For this part of the inquiry, MPs are interested in the following issues:

  • Has Treasury policy played a positive role towards meeting Government targets on recycling?
  • Are Defra and Treasury policies coherent?
  • What impact has Treasury policy had on the ability to finance recycling projects during the course of the last Parliament?

The call may encourage some in the industry to repeat demands for taxation measures that encourage recycling, for example by giving discounts on VAT for products designed specifically to be manufactured with recycled materials.

The committee wants written evidence, of nor more than 1,500 words, in relation either recycling or the autumn statement, or both, by 9 June.

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