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Single-use carrier bags charges part two

The leader of the Green Party said he did not want a levy on single use carrier bags to be seen as a "revenue raiser", on 14 January 2013.

Steven Agnew said he welcomed the 5p levy on single use carrier bags that will be introduced by 8 April and hoped it would encourage everyone to use reusable bags.

"Ultimately what we want to see is the use of plastic bags diminishing greatly until the effect of any revenue is intangible," he said.

Responding to the debate, Environment Minister Alex Attwood said the levy would be introduced for environmental reasons and any money made would be "a consequence" of this.

In April 2014, the levy is expected to increase to 10p per bag and the charge will be extended to include low cost reusable bags.

In answer to a question posed by the TUV's Jim Allister, Mr Attwood said 10 jobs could potentially be lost as a result of the new regulations.

A motion on the regulations was passed on an oral vote

The first part of the debate can be viewed here.

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