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Air Passenger Duty

Treasury written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the changes to air passenger duty announced in the Government response to the consultation on the reform of air passenger duty are intended to achieve greater simplification of the system.

Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes to air passenger duty announced in the Government response to the consultation on the reform of air passenger duty are intended to achieve greater simplification of the system.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of whether his planned changes to air passenger duty (APD) will result in greater simplification of the APD system.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The Government consultation on Air Passenger Duty (APD) emphasised a number of objectives, including fairness and the need to maintain revenues from the aviation sector. It is right that the aviation sector makes a fair contribution to the public finances.

The Government considered changes to the APD banding structure, alongside the base case of no change. A revenue neutral change would have required those flying to band A and band B destinations (91% of passengers) to pay more. The Government therefore decided to retain the existing four APD distance bands.

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