Select Committee on Environmental Audit Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary letter and memorandum from John Healey MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

  Following my appearance before the Committee on 30 April, I attach the further information I agreed to provide.

  Eric Lewis, the committee specialist, has also advised that you are interested in how the considerations applying to the taxation of aviation fuel differ from those applying to the taxation of road transport fuels. I am happy to cover this issue as well as those raised in the evidence session, and have included material on it in the attached response.

  In addition, I thought it might be helpful if I set out a short note on the economic benefits of the aviation industry to the UK, which I agreed to do at my appearance. As I suggested to the Committee during the evidence session, this was contained in the recent airport capacity consultation document, so my note summarises the key information in The future development of air transport in United Kingdom on the economic benefits of aviation and the specific benefits from new airport capacity options. It also draws upon earlier research on the wider economic benefits of aviation.

  I trust that this will be helpful.

June 2003

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