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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

The hon. Lady is right, as was the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan, to give examples of the range of support for opposition to the tax.

We have some reservations about amendment No. 22, although it is true that there is a contradiction between having objective 1 status to try to eliminate the disadvantages of peripherality, and imposing a tax that exacerbates them. Removing the tax from Liverpool but leaving it in Manchester would not, however, be readily understood in the north-west of England. The amendment is therefore in some respects unsatisfactory, but it is nevertheless the best vehicle we have with which to register the point, and my party is prepared to support it.