Environmental Audit Committee

23 May 2003

Budget 2003 and Aviation


As part of it’s inquiry into The Budget 2003 and Aviation, the Environmental Audit Committee will be taking oral evidence from the following:

Wednesday 4th June

3.50pm  Air Travel - Greener by Design

4.30pm  The Aviation Environment Federation

5.10pm  Brian Pearce, Forum for the Future

Wednesday 11th June

3.50pm  British Airports Authority (BAA)

4.30pm  British Airways (BA)

5.10pm  British Air Transport Association (BATA)

This session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis.  Room allocations are subject to change at short notice.  Please call the Committee Information Line on: 020 7219 2033 for confirmation nearer the time.

Notes for Editors

1. The Committee announced its inquiry into The Budget 2003 and Aviation on 1st April 2003.  

2. Since its inception in 1997, the Environmental Audit Committee has regularly reviewed the progress made by the Treasury in placing environmental objectives at the heart of its fiscal policies. In doing so, it has taken as one of its reference point the Statement of Intent on Environmental Taxation which the Treasury released in July 1997.

3. The Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2002-03, Pre-Budget Report 2002, HC 167 , included an analysis of the Treasury’s environmental tax strategy and the approach it has adopted with regard to monetary valuation.    The present inquiry carries forward these issues in the specific context of aviation, and focuses on the recent HMT/DfT discussion document ‘Aviation and the Environment: Using Economic Instruments’.

4. The Committee’s inquiry complements the wide-ranging inquiry currently being conducted by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee on Aviation, which was announced in their press release of 22 November 2002.