Learning about APD

By | Category: Travel rumblings

the frustrated traveller, © Dan Sperrin

Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a tax that sends the travel industry into vehement outpourings of anger as they think it is deterring us from travelling and putting off visitors from coming here. But you can understand their frustration when government spokespeople answer like this.
I quote from Hansard,

“Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effect of air passenger duty on the UK’s tourism, aviation and airport industries.

Mr Simon Burns: The Secretary of State for Transport, my right hon. Friend the Member for Derbyshire Dales (Mr McLoughlin), meets with the Chancellor as part of his day to day business, during which a wide range of issues are discussed. Decisions on taxation, including air passenger duty, are taken by the Chancellor.”

The question posed by Davies is completely unanswered by Burns who seems not to understand English since he isn’t even asked about a “decision” only a “representation.”
With ministers like Burns no wonder the travel industry – and we passengers – get exasperated with them. One can only hope that Philip Davies will persevere.

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