Flying Schools — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:33 pm on 12 September 2023.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 3:33, 12 September 2023

I am slightly disappointed by the Minister’s comment. This is not a huge mass industry; it is not beyond the wit of a regulator or of the Treasury to ensure that VAT savings are directly passed on, or else the companies would not be eligible. Even if the Minister will not consider this for the future, does he not think that there is a moral case for students who have lost their fees and are severely out of pocket at least to be refunded the VAT element that they paid, which has gone or may still go to the Treasury for a service that they have not received?