To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect of his Department’s proposed changes to the definition of qualifying materials for the lower rate of landfill tax on the remediation of contaminated brownfield land.
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when Ministers in his Department were made aware of HM Revenue and Customs’ proposed changes to the definition of qualifying materials for the lower rate of landfill tax.
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he expects bottom ash from municipal waste incinerators to continue to qualify for the lower rate of landfill tax under his Department’s proposed changes to the definition of qualifying material; and what estimate he has made of the additional annual landfill tax revenue that HM Revenue and Customs will receive from local authorities as a consequence of that change.
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultation has taken place between his Department, HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the effect of changing the definition of qualifying material for the lower rate of landfill tax on (a) achieving the Best Overall Environment Outcome, (b) disruption to markets and (c) levels of waste crime.
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much extra total revenue HM Revenue and Customs expects to raise in standard rate landfill tax as a result of the implementation of his Department’s proposed changes to the definition of qualifying materials for the lower rate of landfill tax.
In response to concerns over the mis-description of fines (residual waste from waste processing produced by mechanical treatment plants) the Government announced in Budget 2014 a consultation on introducing a new testing regime. This loss on Ignition (LOI) testing regime will help operators of landfill sites to determine the correct landfill tax liability of fines.
The proposal for this test arose from a government-industry working group, including representatives from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), HM Treasury, the Environment Agency, the Environmental Services Association (representing the main landfill site operators) and the United Resource Operators Consortium (UROC) (representing waste transfer stations and skip hire operators). The Government held a formal consultation over the summer which closed on 19 September 2014.
Comments on the assessment of impacts in the Taxes Impact Assessment were welcomed within the consultation document. The Government is currently considering its response and an impact note will be published alongside draft legislation.
HMRC is also considering revising its guidance on landfill tax lower rating and conducted an informal consultation with industry in Autumn 2013. That consultation is continuing through the government-industry working group. The proposed revisions include clarification on the landfill tax liability of hazardous wastes.
In relation to hazardous waste, the Government apply the underlying principle of the more polluting the waste the higher the tax. According to existing guidance, wastes must be non-hazardous to qualify for the lower rate of landfill tax. As the informal consultation raised concerns over the potential impact on brownfield development there are no plans to publish the revised guidance until this issue has been resolved. Publication of any revised guidance will only go ahead once Ministers have given approval.
Bottom ash from waste combustion is liable to the lower rate of landfill tax. There are no plans to change this policy.