Memorandum submitted by Castlereagh Borough
I attach for your attention a copy of a letter
dated 13 September 2001 from Quarry Products Association (NI)
which was forwarded to the Council by the Society of Local Authority
Chief Executives (NI Branch).
Following discussion of this letter, the content
of which is self-explanatory, the Council resolved that I write
to being the matter to the attention of the members of the Northern
Ireland Affairs Committee.
The Council is particularly concerned at the
effect this tax will have on its budget and the adverse effect
both on jobs and environmental conditions in areas within 25 miles
of the Border with the Republic of Ireland. It is estimated that
up to 3,600 jobs will be at risk in Northern Ireland and the tax
will add approximately £1,000 to the cost of each new house,
prices of which are already beyond the means of many newly married
Given the particular situation in Northern Ireland
and its location adjacent to a major national border, the Council
would be grateful if the Committee could examine this issue with
a view to lobbying the Treasury to take the necessary steps to
offset the effect of this tax within Northern Ireland.
26 October 2001