Written Questions: Government Responses

HM Treasury written question – answered on 11th March 2015.

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Photo of Mike Kane Mike Kane Labour, Wythenshawe and Sale East

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2015 to Question 222889, for what reason the information requested in the original Question was not supplied.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Exchequer Secretary

HMRC does not collect information on the contribution to APD revenues made from flights to or from specific airports.

HMRC published a report in October 2012 modelling the effects of price differentials at UK airports, including the effect of a price change at Scottish airports equivalent to the full value of air passenger duty. Figure 2 of the report gives a reading of the possible passenger response at Manchester airport.

A cross-party process reached the recommendation that Air Passenger Duty should be devolved to the Scottish Government. HMRC analysis of the potential effects on UK airports of price changes at Scottish airports aided the discussions behind this process. The analysis can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modelling-the-effects-of-price-differentials-at-uk-airports

The Chancellor announced on 27 February that the Government will review potential options to support regional airports affected by devolution. As part of the review, the Government plans to publish a discussion paper by the summer examining the devolution and variation of APD rates within England, and the provision of aid for regional airports.

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