Air Passenger Duty: Northern Ireland

Treasury written question – answered on 25th October 2021.

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Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made by the technical working group convened to consider the operational and legal challenges to changing Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately The Exchequer Secretary

The government established a technical working group to explore the operational and legal challenges to changing APD in Northern Ireland at Budget 2018.

Members include representatives from industry, experts, and civil servants from both the UK government and Northern Ireland.

Since the Technical Working Group was established, the UK Government has published a consultation on aviation tax reform, to consider how APD could better support Union connectivity and our environmental objectives. We have engaged with the Northern Ireland Executive as part of this process.

We will update on the next steps following the consultation in due course.

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