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Airports (Duty-Free Shops)

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received advocating opening a duty-free shop at Teesside airport; and if he will make a statement.

Representations have been received on two occasions, the most recent in 1983. Facilities were refused because the number of outward bound international passengers was below the required level.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allow the operation of a duty-free shop at Teesside airport.

No. The required level of departing international passengers has not yet been achieved.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are his criteria for the operation of duty-free shops at airports.

The qualification required for the establishment of a duty-free shop at an airport is 100,000 passengers departing annually for destinations abroad.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer which airports in the United Kingdom operate duty-free shops.

Duty-free shops have been established at Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Prestwick, Southampton and Stansted airports.