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European Union - Twenty-Fourth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 21 May 2003.


CONTENTS

REPORT

PART 1:EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PART 2: BACKGROUND

The Commission's proposal

The Commission's case

Subsequent legislative developments

Key issues considered by the Committee

PART 3:KEY ISSUES

Competition

International road haulage

Domestic road haulage

Cross-Channel trade

The need for minimum rates

Other possible distortions of competition

Key conclusions on competition

Government revenues

Key conclusions on government revenues

Environmental impact

Impact on taxes and prices

Tax and price changes required to internalise the external costs of transport

Does this proposal contribute to the internalisation of external costs?

Key conclusions on the environmental impact of the proposal

The Commission's forward programme

Key conclusions on the Commission's forward programme

The position of the UK Government

Key conclusion on the position of the UK Government

PART 4 SUMMARY OF KEY CONCLUSIONS

Competition

Government revenues

The environmental impact of the proposal

The Commission's forward work programme

The position of the UK Government

Recommendation

Appendix 1: Sub-Committee A (Economic and Financial Affairs, Trade and External Relations)

Appendix 2: List of Witnesses

Appendix 3: Glossary


Box 1: Rates of excise duties on petrol and diesel fuel across the EU

Box 2: Variations in taxes by country of vehicle registration

Box 3: International comparison of road haulage taxes and total operating costs

Box 4: Foreign Share of international road haulage traffic between UK and EU mainland

Box 5: The exchange rate of sterling against the ecu/euro from 1996 to 2002


 
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