Memorandum from Inland Revenue
1. This memorandum provides information
on the Inland Revenue's input to UK preparations for the World
Summit on Sustainable Development.
2. Inland Revenue is represented on the
MISC 18 ministerial group by HM Treasury. HM Treasury preparations
for the World Summit on Sustainable Development are set out in
3. The UK Sustainable Development Strategy
A Better Quality of Life (1999) commits the Government
to report annually on its progress towards achieving sustainable
development. Progress is measured against the 15 headline indicators
and 147 core indicators identified in the 1999 paper Quality
of Life Counts.
4. The Inland Revenue does not have direct
responsibility for any of the headline sustainable development
indicators. Our forthcoming annual Sustainable Development Report
sets out those indicators where we make a contribution.
5. Through its Aims, Objectives and Public
Service Agreement (PSA) targets, the Inland Revenue contributes
directly or indirectly to a number of the Government's headline
H1: Economic Output (GDP).
H3: Employment (per cent of working age people
H4: Poverty and social exclusion.
H9: Reduce emissions of greenhouse gas.
6. The Government remains committed to environmental
appraisal and evaluation of its Budget measures and makes available
the methodologies underpinning the environmental appraisals which
are published in its Budget document.
7. The Inland Revenue appraises all Budget
measures which have a significant impact on the environment or
serve an environmental purpose. This is in line with Government
guidance on appraising and evaluating the effects of policy measures.
8. In line with sustainable development
policy, the Inland Revenue ensures that policy design, appraisal
and evaluation takes account of costs and benefits and impacts
on businesses, society and the environment.