Hilary Benn gave a written statement on 16 July. He indicated that the Government propose to operate the CRC on a financial rather than calendar year and propose to permit participants to use allowances from the fixed price sale in the second year to cover their first year emissions. He stated that this will reduce the gap between allowance sales and the recycling of allowance revenue to just 6 months. He went on to say that there are a number of other proposed CRC scheme wide amendments to improve the operation of the scheme and the Government will invite views in the consultation on the scheme regulations later this year on these proposed amendments. In addition, it was announced that the Government, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government have decided to include schools in Great Britain in the scheme (the Northern Ireland Executive has yet to make a decision)