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EDM (Early Day Motion) 572: tabled on 19 October 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 8 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

This House notes that the Government's commitment to limit aviation emissions in 2050 to no higher than 2005 levels and that, according to Department for Transport's analysis, growth in demand for aviation means that the UK is already set to exceed this target by 25 per cent; believes that expansion at either Heathrow or Gatwick Airport is incompatible with the UK’s national and international climate obligations; further notes that air travel currently benefits from a highly favourable subsidies regime in the UK, with exemptions from VAT and fuel duty, while the current system of Air Passenger Duty has been ineffective in reducing demand for flights; notes that an estimated 70 per cent of all flights in 2013 were taken by just 15 per cent of the population, with 57 per cent of the population taking no flights abroad; supports the campaign for a new Frequent Flyer Levy, allowing individuals to make one tax free return flight per year and thereafter to be charged at a steadily increasing rate for each successive flight taken in that year; further believes this would be a socially progressive way to limit the environmental impact of aviation in line with official targets; and calls on the Government to introduce such a levy to obviate the need for any new runway capacity and invest the funds raised in further measures to reduce air travel.