HC Deb 24 February 1999 vol 326 c286W
Sir Teddy Taylor

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what powers the EU is seeking to require Her Majesty's Government to double the current air passenger duty for return domestic flights within the United Kingdom; what powers Her Majesty's Government have to resist the demand; and if he will make a statement. [68210]

Mrs. Roche

[holding answer 1 February 1999]: The UK Government have an obligation to ensure that taxes are compatible with EU treaty obligations but how compatibility is achieved is entirely a matter for the Government.