Clause 197 - Climate change levy: main rates

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:00 pm ar 18 Mehefin 2013.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Minister (Treasury) 3:00, 18 Mehefin 2013

The climate change levy came into effect in April 2001. It serves as a tax on the non-domestic use of energy such as gas, electricity, liquefied petroleum gas and solid fuel by the business, service and public sectors, and is aimed at promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy so as to meet the UK’s international and domestic targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Since the rates were introduced in 2007, they have kept pace with inflation. The levy has, therefore, maintained its environmental effect, and on each occasion the rates have increased the changes have been legislated for in the previous year’s Finance Act—precisely what clause 197 provides for. I could say many things about the Government’s efforts to be, in their words, “the greenest Government ever”, but I will save my comments for our discussion under clause 198, to which we have tabled an amendment, and refrain from digressing here.