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Rates of Air Passenger Duty

Part of Clause 9 – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 11th March 1997.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 8:45 pm, 11th March 1997

I shall give way to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan first, because I referred to him in critical terms. The courtesies of the House, as the Minister might just grasp, mean that I should therefore give way to him.

Were amendment No. 7 carried, a traveller going to New York on Concorde would get the same benefit as someone travelling from Stornoway to Glasgow or from Belfast to London. It would therefore be a mistake to support amendment No. 7, but I accept that the hon. Gentleman and others need not concern themselves with such problems, because their position is different from ours.