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Aggregate tax 'will ruin Irish quarries'

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AGGREGATE producers have called on the Government to abandon its plans to implement the levy in Northern Ireland.

In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, the British Aggregates Association (BAA) claimed that the province had been unable to adapt to the levy and called for its abandonment.

BAA director Bob Durward said that at the very least the Treasury should review its decision to implement 20 per cent of the full £1.60 per tonne rate on aggregates in processed products.

He also raised concerns that the the levy would force smaller quarry operators out of business as they would have to pay higher rates per tonne to comply with the tax.