Henry Smith MP Calls For Air Tax Freeze To Continue

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Last night, Crawley and Gatwick MP, Henry Smith, introduced a debate in the House of Commons where he called for the freeze on Air Passenger Duty (APD) to continue.

After the debate Henry commented:

“UK air passenger duty is already higher than the European average by eight-and-a-half times; indeed only four other EU countries charge APD, five further members having recently having abandoned the tax because it cost their economies far more than it brought in revenue.

“I congratulate the Chancellor on freezing APD in the last budget, especially as it was significantly hiked up over the previous decade; my argument is that it should continued to be frozen next year and simplified, especially as we are also about to join the European Trading Scheme carbon offset system from the New Year, because hard working Britons deserve not to be priced out of a well-earned family holiday in time of household constraint and because UK economic growth as a trading nation depends on aviation.

“With Gatwick Airport and major aviation companies such as Virgin Atlantic and First Choice Holidays located locally, this is a big issue for the Crawley economy.”

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