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Air Passenger Duty

Transport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Brian H Donohoe Brian H Donohoe Labour, Central Ayrshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on the future of air passenger duty; and what her policy is on the abolition of air passenger duty after the extension of the EU Emissions Trading System to the aviation sector.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport has regular discussions with HM Treasury on a range of aviation issues. Decisions on matters concerning taxation are taken by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. Friend Mr Osborne.

The Government remain committed to the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading System from 1 January 2012.

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John Byng
Posted on 25 Nov 2011 10:40 pm (Report this annotation)

Brian Donohoe implies that APD was introduced as a green tax. Certainly it might have a green outcome - if it were higher - but it was in fact introduced to raise revenue from an industry that does not pay its fair share. Even after the application of APD the industry benefits to the tune of over £9 billion a year from tax concessions on fuel and VAT. Hard pressed taxpayers are paying for this subsidy.

We can not afford to subsidise aviation in this way at a time when we are trying to reduce the budget deficit. APD should be increased in fairness to the environment and to other industries.