Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Castlereagh Borough Council

  I attach for your attention a copy of a letter dated 13 September 2001 from Quarry Products Association (NI) which was forwarded to the Council by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (NI Branch).

  Following discussion of this letter, the content of which is self-explanatory, the Council resolved that I write to being the matter to the attention of the members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.

  The Council is particularly concerned at the effect this tax will have on its budget and the adverse effect both on jobs and environmental conditions in areas within 25 miles of the Border with the Republic of Ireland. It is estimated that up to 3,600 jobs will be at risk in Northern Ireland and the tax will add approximately £1,000 to the cost of each new house, prices of which are already beyond the means of many newly married couples.

  Given the particular situation in Northern Ireland and its location adjacent to a major national border, the Council would be grateful if the Committee could examine this issue with a view to lobbying the Treasury to take the necessary steps to offset the effect of this tax within Northern Ireland.

26 October 2001

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