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Debates

Date Department Forum Title
Fri 23 Oct 2020 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill
Christopher Chope contributed 7 speeches (1,414 words)
Fri 23 Oct 2020 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill
Christopher Chope contributed 5 speeches (885 words)
Thu 22 Oct 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Covid-19
Christopher Chope contributed 2 speeches (512 words)
Tue 20 Oct 2020 Department for Education Westminster Hall Excerpts from: Support for Children and Families: Covid-19
Christopher Chope contributed 7 speeches (219 words)
Fri 16 Oct 2020 Ministry of Justice Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill
Christopher Chope contributed 2 speeches (1,004 words)
Fri 16 Oct 2020 Home Office Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Registers of Births and Deaths Bill
Christopher Chope contributed 4 speeches (1,089 words)
Fri 16 Oct 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Company Transparency (Carbon in Supply Chains) Bill
Christopher Chope contributed 1 speech (40 words)
Tue 13 Oct 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Excerpts from: Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations
Christopher Chope contributed 3 speeches (590 words)

Questions

Date Title Questioner
13 Oct 2020, 10:03 a.m. Duty Free Allowances Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish the economic impact assessment of the decision to end tax free sales for air passengers and the VAT refund scheme from 1 January 2020; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Kemi Badenoch - Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)

Ahead of the end of the transition period, the Government has announced the VAT and excise duty treatment of goods purchased by individuals for personal use and carried in their luggage arriving from or going overseas (passengers). The following rules will apply from 1 January 2021:

- Passengers travelling from Great Britain to any destination outside the United Kingdom (UK) will be able to purchase duty-free excise goods once they have passed security controls at ports, airports, and international rail stations.

- Personal allowances will apply to passengers entering Great Britain from a destination outside of the UK, with alcohol allowances significantly increased.

- The VAT Retail Export Scheme (RES) in Great Britain will not be extended to passengers travelling to the EU and will be withdrawn for all passengers.

- The concessionary treatment on tax-free sales for non-excise goods will be removed across the UK.

The Government published a consultation which ran from 11 March to 20 May. During this time the Government held a number of virtual meetings with stakeholders to hear their views and received 73 responses to the consultation. The Government has also continued to meet and discuss with key stakeholders following the announcement of these policies.

The detailed rationale for these changes are included in the written ministerial statement and summary of responses to the recent consultation: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2020-09-11/hcws448 and https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-consultation-on-duty-free-and-tax-free-goods-carried-by-passengers.

In 2019 HMRC estimate that VAT RES refunds cost around £0.5billion in VAT for around 1.2million non-EU visitors. In 2019 the ONS estimate there were substantially more EU visitors (24.8 million) than non-EU passengers (16.0 million) to the UK. This implies an extension to EU residents would significantly increase the cost by up to an estimated £0.9billion. This would result in a large amount of deadweight loss by subsidising spending from EU visitors which already happens without a refund mechanism in place, potentially taking the total cost up to around £1.4billion per annum.

The concessionary treatment on tax-free sales currently affects airports that fly to non-EU destinations. The extension of duty-free sales to EU bound passengers will be a significant boost to all airports in England, Scotland and Wales, including Edinburgh and Glasgow and smaller regional airports which have not been able to offer duty-free to the EU before.

HMRC estimate that around £150 million of VAT is not charged as a result of tax-free airside sales. As with the VAT RES, extending the relief to the EU would significantly increase the cost of the scheme and result in a large amount of deadweight loss by subsidising spending from EU-bound passengers which already happens.

The final costings will be subject to scrutiny by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility and will be set out at the next forecast.

The Government also recognises the challenges the aviation sector is facing as it recovers from the impacts of Covid-19 and has supported the sector throughout the pandemic, and continues to do so, including schemes to raise capital, flexibilities with tax bills, and financial support for employees.

13 Oct 2020, 10:03 a.m. Air Passenger Duty: Coronavirus Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of Air Passenger Duty charged by airlines which has not been refunded to passengers who did not undertake their booked flights in the last six months; and if he will make it Government policy that Air Passenger Duty should be repaid to passengers without the imposition of an administration fee.

Answered by Kemi Badenoch - Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)

APD is a tax paid by airlines based on the number of passengers on board an aircraft that takes off from a UK airport. Whether airlines pass on the cost of the tax to their passengers is a commercial decision. If a pre booked passenger does not subsequently fly the airline has no APD liability for that passenger. HMRC does not collect information on such passengers.

Where the cost is passed on by airlines, there is no legal obligation to refund this business charge. Refunds from airlines will be governed by the terms and conditions attached to the sale of the ticket. However, the government expects all airlines operating in the UK to make their terms and conditions, including their refund policy, clear at the time of booking.


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Debates

Date Department Forum Title
Tue 20 Oct 2020 No Department present Westminster Hall Westminster Hall
2 speeches (10 words)

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Fri 16 Oct 2020 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Commons Chamber Company Transparency (Carbon in Supply Chains) Bill
19 speeches (2,329 words)

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Fri 23 Oct 2020 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Commons Chamber Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill
20 speeches (2,343 words)

Found: the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope) on securing this debate. I also thank him for his

Fri 16 Oct 2020 Home Office Commons Chamber Registers of Births and Deaths Bill
22 speeches (6,952 words)

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Fri 23 Oct 2020 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Commons Chamber Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill
131 speeches (39,096 words)

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Fri 16 Oct 2020 Ministry of Justice Commons Chamber Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill
25 speeches (9,617 words)

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Fri 16 Oct 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill
134 speeches (23,478 words)

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Thu 22 Oct 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Covid-19
70 speeches (24,394 words)

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Tue 13 Oct 2020 Department of Health and Social Care Commons Chamber Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations
139 speeches (35,157 words)

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