The government's move to charge shoppers 5p per supermarket plastic bag could be introduced in autumn 2015.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is said to have fought hard for the policy, which will bring England in line with the rest of the UK, amid government concerns over the cost of living.
A similar charge is already in place in Wales and Northern Ireland, while retailers in Scotland will start charging for bags in October next year.
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