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UK government has ‘no plans’ to devolve APD to Wales

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The government has confirmed in its response to the Welsh affairs committee that the government has ‘no current plans’ to devolve air passenger duty (APD) to Wales.

The exchequer secretary to the Treasury, Simon Clarke, wrote to the chair of the House of Commons Welsh affairs committee in August, responding to the committee’s report on Devolution of air passenger duty to Wales, which recommended full devolution of APD to Wales by 2021.

The minister’s letter reiterated the government’s position, previously expressed during the passage of the Wales Bill in 2016, that it does not believe introducing tax competition in this market will be beneficial overall and therefore the government has ‘no current plans to change APD policy’ (see

Welsh finance minister, Rebecca Evans, responded by saying ‘we know there is unanimous support from across the aviation, tourism and business sectors in Wales for APD to be devolved and we will continue to press the UK government to change its position’.

Issue: 1456
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