Ritchie raises Aggregates Levy Scheme in Commons

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Friday, October 23rd, 2015
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has formally requested a debate in the House of Commons on the importance of the Aggregates Industry and the need for the implementation of the Aggregates Credit Levy Scheme. ritchie2Ritchie raised the issue during Business Questions to the Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling MP. She said, “I have been campaigning at Westminster for the reintroduction of the Aggregate Levy Credit Scheme since its suspension in 2010. This scheme is critical to the Aggregates industry which is the pump house for our construction industry and the wider economy. “The battle to reinstate the ALCS has been long and has brought many firms to the brink of bankruptcy. The particular circumstances of Northern Ireland make the scheme all the more important for our indigenous industry. “I raised the matter in the House of Commons to formally request a debate. I’m pleased that the Leader of the House indicated that there would be opportunities to raise the matter further and that he understood the critical nature of the issue. Ritchie added, “It’s important that we do all we can to nurture the shoots of growth that we’re beginning to see. The North’s economy continues to lag behind other regions and we can’t afford to rest while there’s work to be done.”
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