HL Deb 19 April 2000 vol 612 c106WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the debate on Northern Ireland on 22 March (H.L. Deb., col. 358), whether they will extend the air passenger levies waiver announced in the Budget for the Highland and Islands to Northern Ireland. [HL1984]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

No. The exemption from Air Passenger Duty for flights from airports in the Scottish Highlands and Islands is being introduced in recognition of the reliance on air transport by many people in this remote region. It is the only UK region with population density less than 12.5 people per square kilometre. The people of Northern Ireland do not depend on air transport for aspects of everyday life to the same degree.