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Rates of Air Passenger Duty

Part of Clause 9 – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 11th March 1997.

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Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace , Orkney and Shetland 7:45 pm, 11th March 1997

Air passenger duty certainly generated considerable controversy in the islands when it was first introduced in November 1994 and in the debates leading up to the enactment of that Finance Bill.

I cannot support the amendment tabled by the hon. Member for Upper Bann (Mr. Trimble), inasmuch as I could not support suddenly losing that amount of revenue by removing the tax. In saying that, I am sympathetic towards the arguments that motivated him to move the amendment. My right hon. and hon. Friends will support the amendment tabled by the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond), although even that has some shortcomings. I do not intend any hint of criticism for the Chair, but my amendment was more specific and dealt with the islands alone. There is a particular problem in the islands.