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Airports: Taxes

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 May 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the justification for the introduction of differential airport departure taxes for passengers travelling from the United Kingdom to different parts of the world. [HL2923]

Rates in the air passenger duty regime have always taken account of the destination of journeys.

The reformed air passenger duty, due to take effect from 1 November 2009, increases the number of distance bands.

Moving to a four band structure provides stronger environmental correlation and ensures those who fly further and contribute more to emissions pay more.