Aviation: Passenger Duty — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 23rd January 2012.

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Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury 2:45 pm, 23rd January 2012

As I have explained, the previous Government moved from a two-band system to a four-band one, which raised in the order of £300 million when they came into office and, by the time they left office, was raising in the order of £1 billion. These things are not easy. Where there are real difficulties, however, the Government recognise them. For example, special arrangements have been put in place for long-haul flights out of Northern Ireland to recognise its very special circumstances-its land border with a country that has no APD-and to preserve its flights to the United States. We have said that we will also look at the possible devolution of APD to Wales and Scotland.