Britain’s Foreign Minister in Barbados – Jeremy Browne tackles APD issue

A must-win battle against the iniquitous APD – DIANE ABBOTT

THE battle against the Air Passenger Duty (APD) and its crushing effect on the Caribbean tourism industry continues. Last week, I called for and was granted a special debate in Parliament on the subject. Members of Parliament took part from both the Labour and Conservative parties.

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I pointed out that two successive rises in the APD meant that passengers to the Caribbean now pay £75 per person on the duty and passengers in all the other classes paid £150. I explained, as I have set out for Treasury ministers in the past, that the fundamentally iniquitous thing about the APD was the way it was calculated.

I was at pains to point out that everyone supported action to protect the environment and that nobody wanted to deprive the British Treasury of much-needed revenue. But I argued that the method that the UK had chosen to calculate the APD is simply indefensible.

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