Pesticide tax has wider implication

30 October 1998

Pesticide tax has wider implication

TAXING pesticides would have wide ranging consequences which the government is only just beginning to recognise, according to the British Agrochemicals Association.

A recent House of Lords debate reinforces that view, says the BAAs Martin Savage. "The government only just appears to be realising that it is not a simple issue and that the effects on UK agriculture and its competitiveness have been overlooked."

The findings of a recently completed study on the subject, the Ecotec Report, are still being considered which suggests legislation to bring in a pesticides tax could be delayed, says Mr Savage.

A pre-budget statement, expected next month, is unlikely to do more than flag the governments intention to continue investigating or, at worst, considering a tax, he adds.

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