Andrew Bridgen MP backs ‘A fair tax on flying campaign’
Andrew Bridgen, Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire is backing a campaign to highlight the impact of high Air Passenger Duty rates.
Andrew whose constituency of North West Leicestershire is home to East Midlands Airport has joined other Members of Parliament in calling on the Treasury to commission a study into the full economic effects of aviation tax in the UK
Andrew Bridgen MP said ‘The current rate of Air Passenger Duty adds to the cost of living for thousands of families in North West Leicestershire. In addition to this, many jobs in North West Leicestershire are dependent on East Midlands Airport and our competiveness in the aviation sector.’
Andrew continued ‘The UK already has the highest air passenger taxes anywhere in the world. I am hoping that the Treasury will be persuaded to look again at the impact of this tax.’
Andrew Bridgen signed Early Day Motion 174 which states ‘That this House believes that the UK's air passenger duty, the highest air passenger tax in the world, is acting as a deterrent to both inward investment and inbound tourism; is concerned about its financial impact on ordinary families and their ability to fly; notes the impact on businesses wishing to export to emerging markets; and calls on HM Treasury to commission a comprehensive study into the full economic effects of aviation tax in the UK, including its impact on employment, reporting in advance of the 2013 Budget.’