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

Letter from Mr Gordon Best, Regional Development Manager, Quarry Products Association, Northern Ireland to Mr Robert Gilmore, Chief Executive, Banbridge District Council

  Your name was given to me by Moyra McMaster of the Ulster Farmers Union following a meeting between UFU and the Quarry Products Association (NI) to highlight the impact that the proposed Aggregates Tax will have on the farming community in Northern Ireland.

  We felt it would be appropriate to inform you as Secretary of SOLACE that the proposed Tax, due to be "introduced on 1 April 2002" will have severe financial implications for local district council budgets. Furthermore, it will adversely effect both jobs and environment conditions in areas within 25 miles of the border.

  I have included an editorial[1] which gives an outline of the QPA (NI) present campaign against the tax and describes how the tax will impact on Northern Ireland.

  After reading the editorial, I am sure you will agree that the situation is of a serious nature and should be raised with all district councils in Northern Ireland.

1   Not printed-see Minutes of Evidence p xx. Back

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