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Excise Duties: Fuels

February 5, 2007

Question written on 05/02/2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue would have been raised in the last year for which information is available if (a) rail services fuel, (b) bus services fuel and (c) airline fuel bore the rate of duty and other taxes levied on fuel for passenger cars.

Answered by John Healey

The Government do not accept such direct comparisons as valid as they assume no change in demand or the working practices of the aviation industry, nor does the Government have an objective of equalising the tax treatment across transport modes or other sectors, so does not regard such figures as relevant to judgments on the taxation of aviation.