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Treasury Minister questioned on devolving air passenger duty to Wales

21 March 2019

In the final evidence session for its inquiry into the devolution of Air Passenger Duty , the Welsh Affairs Committee will question Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick MP and a senior official from the Treasury on the UK Government’s argument for not devolving Air Passenger Duty to Wales.

Background

Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a tax levied by the Government on passenger flights from UK airports, which came into effect in 1994.

It is currently set and managed by the UK Government for England and Wales, but it has been devolved to Scotland and partially devolved to Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has confirmed that following consideration, it does not intend to devolve APD to Wales, despite calls from the Welsh Government for it to do so.

Purpose of the session

In its final evidence session, the Committee will hear from the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP and a senior official from the Treasury, on the Government’s reasons for maintaining central control of APD.

The Committee will question the Minister on the Government’s justifications for not devolving APD to Wales, presenting arguments made by witnesses in previous sessions.  

Witnesses

Tuesday 26 March 2019, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

  • Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
  • Ann- Therese Farmer, Deputy Director, Energy and Transport Tax

Further information

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