Response to Requests for Further Information
from the Committee during the Oral Evidence Session
Please find below the answers to the questions,
which we agreed to forward to you.
The total number of quarries, and sand/gravel
operations in Northern Ireland amounts to 176. We have included
a map which was produced by the Geological survey of Northern
Ireland, who also confirmed the above number of quarry operations,
to illustrate the distribution of operations around Northern Ireland
and in particular within 25 miles of the border. Please see attached
map (See Annex 1).
Total operations with Northern Ireland179.
Operations within 25 miles of the border125.
Total number of jobs in Quarry Products Industry5612.
Number of jobs in companies within 25 miles
of the borderapproximately 3600.
Percentage of jobs within the quarry products
industry which are within 25 miles of the border65 per
2. Q29Calculations indicating a net
loss to the Treasury deriving from the introduction of the aggregates
tax in Northern Ireland.
The tax will be damaging economically as well
as environmentally. Construction clients in the public and private
sector will face an "initial" additional cost of £14
million. This cost burden is perhaps more significant because
approximately 40 per cent of aggregates in Northern Ireland are
bought directly or indirectly by the public sector for projects,
which include Road, Rail, Schools, Water, Homes and Hospitals
etc., indeed in a country that desperately needs major infrastructure
investment, the Roads Service alone, will require up to 15 per
cent additional funding, which does not auger well for the future
or indeed the existing backlog.
|Annual Production (taken from minerals statement of 1999) = 22 million tonnes @ £1.60 levy
|Reduction in national insurance contribution from 12.2 per cent to 12.1 per cent in Northern Ireland on 645k employees (quarterly employment survey 12 September 2001 see annex 2) @ average earnings of £187k pa£5k pa NIC exempt = £137k pa. See annex 3.
|Northern Ireland contribution from newly created sustainability fund, calculated on the Barrett Formula.
|Non recoverable additional cost to the public sector (ie aggregate volume purchased by public sector) @ 40 per cent of 22 million tonnes.
|Unemployment costs and tax revenue losses of 4,000 jobs.
|Loss to black economy @ 15 per cent of 35.2 million.
|Cost of administration, collection, apprehension and perhaps prosecution @ 6 per cent of 35.2 million.
|NI Aggregate Tax Co Loss||54 million