HC Deb 01 February 1965 vol 705 cc222-3W
Mr. Monro

asked the Minister of Aviation why he has decided to remove the petrol tax concession to private flying clubs and schools; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stonehouse

The petrol tax rebate scheme was introduced in 1950 in order to relieve flying and gliding clubs of the burden of increases in the rate of duty at a time when they had not yet had sufficient opportunity to recover from the effects of the war. The concession played its part in the growth of private flying but after fourteen years we have a vigorous movement which should no longer need the exceptional support of this Government subsidy in today's circumstances. I have therefore informed the clubs that it will cease at the end of this month. I realise that this decision will be a disappointment to the clubs but I feel sure that the movement is strong and will readily adapt itself to the new condition.