HC Deb 24 November 1966 vol 736 cc345-6W
43. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the percentage profit made on the ex-bond price of tobacco and spirits sold at duty-free airport shops; and by how much these percentages have been increased since November, 1964 to 20th July, 1966.

Mr. Darling

There are no duty-free shops at aerodromes administered by my Department. It is, however, apparent that the amount of profit earned depends to a large degree on the amount paid by the concessionaire to the airport authority for the right to sell duty-free goods. Subject to observation of Government policy relating to prices, it would not be right for me to inquire into the commercial agreements between aerodrome authorities and their concessionaires.