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Aviation: Air Passenger Duty

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 30 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What consideration was given to the position of residents of Northern Ireland who travel to Great Britain by air before the increase in air passenger duty was announced; and whether they will reconsider this increase in tax in so far as it relates to flights between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.[HL1470]

The decision to increase rates was taken after careful consideration of all relevant environmental, social and economic factors. The Government have no plans to reconsider the increase with regard to flights between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they imposed the air passenger duty tax increase retrospectively in respect of air travel already purchased; and what steps they are taking to support travel organisations that may be in financial difficulty as a result.[HL1471]

The announcement made in the 6 December 2006 Pre-Budget Report applies to the carriage of a passenger on an aircraft which begins on or after 1 February 2007. Air carriers (ie, scheduled airlines and other air transport operators) are responsible for ensuring they pay the correct amount of duty to HM Revenue and Customs. How, or whether, they choose to pass that cost on to their customers is a matter for them.