§ Mr. Davidson
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the loss of traffic on routes between Scotland and London which would follow the imposition of value-added tax at 17.5 per cent. on air fares; if he will outline the increase in fares which will result from the imposition of VAT; and on what basis these figures were arrived at.
§ Sir John Cope
I regret that it has not been possible to provide a substantive answer before prorogation. I shall write to the hon. Member shortly and place a copy of the letter in the Library.