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Hammond set to go green in mini-Budget

A SERIES of environmental measures have been promised in the mini-Budget on Wednesday.

Among those set to be announced by chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) are new ways to conserve and enhance habitats in Britain’s overseas territories such as the Falkland Islands.

He will also reveal investigations into whether all passenger transport should offer extra carbon offsets to compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions. A ‘Future Homes Standard’ will also demand new-build homes have ‘low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency’, the Treasury indicated last night.

Mr Hammond’s ‘Spring Statement’ follows an announcement last year that the main Budget would be moved from March to November and the lower-key Autumn Statement replaced with a Spring Statement.

Reports suggested it would also include a £200million investment in cutting-edge scientific research.