Air Departure Tax (Update)

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

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Photo of Bruce Crawford Bruce Crawford Scottish National Party

In his statement, the cabinet secretary recognised the cross-party Smith agreement that helped to deliver the devolution of APD. The Smith agreement was also very clear on the principle of there being no detriment as a result of the further powers to be devolved under the Scotland Act 2016. Does he agree that failure to replicate the Highlands and Islands exemption as a result of the UK Government’s negligence would be a significant instance of detriment and therefore contrary to the intent and purpose behind the Smith commission proposals? I say to Mr Greene that the issue has nothing to do with the EU and everything to do with the UK Government.