VAT on Air Ambulance Fuel Payments

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Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Conservative, Pudsey 4:52 pm, 11th July 2012

I have spent my working life in the charity sector, and in fundraising in particular. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that groups such as the one that organises the Rawdon fun day in my constituency, which raises £14,000 a year for the air ambulance, find it objectionable that some of that money is going on VAT? If we lost the air ambulance service, the effect on the Treasury would be immense.