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PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG TAX

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1730A1: tabled on 23 October 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 2 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mark Lazarowicz on 24 September 2002. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

after 'per person' insert "further calls on the Government to hypothecate the proceeds of such a tax to support the research, development and manufacture of biodegradable bags;".

Original motion text

That this House notes the success in Ireland of the 10 pence charge for plastic shopping bags payable by the user, which has led to significant reductions in the numbers dispensed to consumers since the charge was introduced; and, considering the environmental harm caused by plastic bag litter, in particular the risk it poses to animal life and as an eyesore in both the urban and rural landscape, calls on the Government to introduce a similar tax in the United Kingdom, in order to encourage greater re-use and recycling of plastic bags, which are currently consumed at a rate of approximately 12 billion a year, equivalent to 200 bags per person; and urges all major United Kingdom retailers to contribute to this effort by providing customers with access to plastic bag recycling points in their stores and greater incentives to re-use bags, including the easy availability of strong and environmentally-friendly 'bags for life'.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.