At Transport Questions and with COP26 continuing in Glasgow, I asked the Secretary of State for Transport about the Government’s mixed messages on aviation emissions.
The Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser is telling people to fly less, and internal Government reports are saying the same thing. Yet the Chancellor is slashing taxes on domestic flights, and the Prime Minister just took a private jet back from COP26 for a dinner with a climate-sceptic.
The Transport Secretary defended this hypocrisy by citing the independent Climate Change Committee. But he did not mention that this committee has called for higher taxes on aviation and a freeze on net airport expansion – both of which the Government has refused to consider.
It is clearer than ever than this Government has no coherent plan when it comes to aviation and climate change.