Select Committee on Environmental Audit Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 10

Memorandum from Inland Revenue

PREPARATIONS FOR THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  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 their memorandum.

HEADLINE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS INLAND REVENUE HAS RESPONSIBILITY FOR

  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 indicators, including:

    H1:  Economic Output (GDP).

    H3:  Employment (per cent of working age people in work).

    H4:  Poverty and social exclusion.

    H9:  Reduce emissions of greenhouse gas.

INTERNAL MECHANISM OF MONITORING CONTRIBUTION TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  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.

March 2002



 
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