Environment Minister Mark H Durkan
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Mark H Durkan plastic bag levy increase dropped

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has announced that the plastic bag tax will not increase as planned.

Minister Mark H Durkan's department had previously proposed increasing the levy from 5p to 10p from April 2014.

However, Mr Durkan said provisional figures showing a large reduction in single use bag numbers had convinced him to drop the planned increase.

Mark Simpson reports.

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