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Rooker told to introduce plastic bag tax

2 November, 2005


Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson, North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan has told British direct rule minister Jeff Rooker to stop making excusing and get on with introducing a plastic bag tax in the north.

Speaking after meeting Mr Rooker yesterday in Belfast, Mr McGuigan said:

"The evidence from the success of the introduction of the plastic bag tax in the south is very strong. Use of plastic bags has been significantly reduced and considerable revenue has been raised.

"British direct rule minister are constantly looking at ways to increase local revenue through the imposition of water taxes and inflation busting rates increases. Neither of which are justifiable. Yet when they are presented with an alternative that is a proven success all we get is excuses that don't stand up to scrutiny.

"Introducing this measure would also send out a clear signal that direct rule ministers are serious about the environment.

"British ministers have finally agreed to bring in legislation similar to the smoking ban in the south because they could see its‚ success. They need to now look at the success of the plastic bag tax in the south and bring in similar legislation here in the north." ENDS

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