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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 Martin Smyth Martin Smyth , Belfast South 7:45 pm, 11th March 1997

Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that the mistake was to impose the tax? Is he also prepared to recognise that it is a tax on children, whose fares are low? At a time when we are trying to attract more tourism to the United Kingdom and the pound is strong, it is also a tax on tourism, so the tourist industry is being threatened as well.