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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:34 am on 30th January 2014.

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Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Conservative, Hexham 10:34 am, 30th January 2014

May we have a Treasury debate on regional cuts to air passenger duty for entrants to the long-haul market, which would stimulate growth, reduce the burden on the south- east and kick-start the regional economy? I echo what was said by Mr Dodds.

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John Byng
Posted on 31 Jan 2014 3:01 pm (Report this annotation)

Guy Opperman is right to want to encourage regional airports to reduce the burden on the South East and to stimulate regional economies. But there is no need to cut air passenger duty. All that is needed is to say clearly to the airlines NO MORE RUNWAYS. The under used runways outside the South East would then attract all the business promised to Heathrow and Gatwick and save passengers from Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Exeter the trouble of driving to Heathrow as they do at present.
NO MORE RUNWAYS would be good for the economy, the environment and the passengers.