Taxation: Aviation

Treasury written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Shadow Minister (Treasury), Vice-Chair (Youth), Conservative Party

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what estimate his Department has made of (a) the carbon dioxide and (b) the nitrogen oxide emissions output for all fleet models of aircraft (i) currently using and (ii) predicted to use UK airports as part of its formulation of aviation duty policy;

(2) what estimate his Department has made of (a) the carbon dioxide emissions output during the landing and take off cycle and (b) the maximum take off weight of all fleet models of aircraft (i) using and (ii) predicted to use UK airports as part of its formulation of aviation duty policy;

(3) what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for Transport on the use of (a) carbon dioxide emissions output during the landing and take off cycle and (b) the maximum take off weight as a basis for a per aeroplane aviation duty.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

A formal consultation on aviation duty was published on 31 January 2008 and dosed on 24 April 2008. This consultation considered all aspects of the operation of the duty including the basis, for which Maximum Take-Off Weight was the lead option. Two alternatives were also discussed and these were the CO2 emissions and NOx emissions in the landing and take-off cycle (LTO).

170 consultation responses were received and these have been considered in the policy development process. Further analysis of the suitability of CO2 emissions or NOx emissions in the LTO and of Maximum Take-Off Weight as the basis of the tax has been ongoing. DFT along with other Government Departments has been involved in the development of the duty. The details of the duty have not yet been set. The Chancellor plans to make an announcement in the autumn.

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