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McKay Welcomes Carrier Bag Consultation

20 July, 2011

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed today's launch of the consultation into a Carrier Bag Levy. Mr McKay, whose Single Use Carrier Bag Act was passed into law earlier this year said:

"It is to be welcome that the Environment Minister is moving ahead with the introduction of a levy on carrier bags, something that I discussed at length with the previous Minister and his officials.

"The introduction of this levy is something which has widespread public support and will result in businesses saving thousands of pounds that they would normally spend on purchasing bags.

"I will be meeting the Minister next week to discuss the introduction of this levy and will be pushing for him to do his utmost to introduce a levy as soon as possible. In the meantime it will be important that local stakeholders and members of the public take the opportunity to respond to this consultation."

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