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Taxation: VAT

Lord James of Blackheath asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Under provisions introduced in this year's Finance Bill, businesses will have until 31 March 2009 to make VAT claims for periods before 1 May 1997 for input tax and 4 December 1996 for output tax. Details will be included in the notes accompanying the returns sent to all VAT registered businesses.

Lord James of Blackheath asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: HM Revenue and Customs accepts that the terms of the judgment of the House of Lords should be applied to both input tax and

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output tax claims. An announcement was made by HM Revenue and Customs on 20 February 2008 and can be found at HMRC's internet site via this link www.hmrc.gov.uk/briefs/vat/brief0708.htm.

Lord James of Blackheath asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: HMRC is making additional resources available to the team responsible for the processing, verification and payment of claims.

Water Supply

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Although there is no drought at present and we have no reason to expect one this year, the need for us all to value water as a precious resource has been highlighted in the Government's recently published strategy Future Water. Water efficiency will be key as we adapt to the likely effects of climate change, as reducing the amount of water used in homes, particularly hot water, will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Wetlands

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The UK Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership, which includes the Government, devolved Administrations and the non-governmental community, agreed in November 2006 a target to establish eight new landscape-scale wetlands in the UK by 2020. The creation of any such wetland would be subject to proper consultations with all relevant authorities, agencies and other stakeholders.


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