Some of the contents of Gordon Brown's Budget are already known. The annual Pre-Budget Statement in November gives the Chancellor the chance to outline proposals before providing details in the Budget itself.
And last year's statement came just before a deadline for fuel tax cuts set by truckers before their planned resumption of depot blockades.
Brown said then that fuel taxes would be frozen in this week's Budget, representing a tax cut when inflation is taken into account. Ultra-low sulphur diesel and petrol will be cut by 3p and 2p a litre respectively, and lorry vehicle excise duty more than halved.
However, these changes will make little difference to the technology industry, where delivery costs are a low proportion of overall expenditure.
There is a brighter side to this, however. Department of Trade and Industry minister Stephen Byers made another early announcement yesterday to the effect that the minimum wage will rise from £3.70 an hour to £4.10 from this October, and then to £4.20 a year later.
The move, an 11 per cent rise which is well above the sub-two per cent rate of inflation, will cause problems for industries such as retailing, leisure and textiles, according to the Confederation of British Industry.
But technology firms and users are unlikely to be heavily affected, relying as they do on well-paid staff.
Finally, technology's relatively low use of fuel will be rewarded. The government will cut employers' National Insurance contributions by 0.3 percentage points from next month, intended as compensation for the new climate change levy, which is intended to be tax-neutral overall.
Technology, as a relatively low producer of greenhouse gases, will therefore benefit.
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