Air Departure Tax (Update)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 5th October 2017.

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The policy has not exactly had the smoothest of take-offs, has it? Under scrutiny, it has been clear that the Government has not even bothered building an economic case for the policy, that there is no environmental or social justice justification for the policy and that there is no political support for it, other than from the Conservatives, who want to cut every tax going and spend, spend, spend from the magic money tree. Now, the policy is stuck in a legal quagmire that the cabinet secretary must have known lay ahead of him. I understand if he needs a technical pretext to spare his blushes, but would it not be simpler and cleaner just to acknowledge today that he will not be cutting aviation taxes in the coming year?