Air Departure Tax (Update)

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

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Photo of James Kelly James Kelly Labour

On a point order, Presiding Officer. The cabinet secretary is about to give a statement on air departure tax, but the details of the statement are revealed extensively on BBC online and were discussed by Glenn Campbell on “Good Morning Scotland” this morning. In addition, the implications of the statement are reported in

The Scotsman online and it is clear from the Twitter feed of

The Scotsman

’s transport correspondent, Alastair Dalton, that he has been in discussion with Scottish Government officials about the issue.

I submit that the Parliament has been disrespected. The point of a parliamentary statement is to inform members of the Scottish Parliament and the public first and foremost—not the media. Presiding Officer, I ask you to investigate whether Mr Mackay has broken parliamentary rules and what action can be taken.