Air Departure Tax (Update)

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

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Photo of Derek Mackay Derek Mackay Scottish National Party

That is right. This is about the competent devolution of powers, as agreed by the Smith commission. In fairness, the issue was not raised over the course of those negotiations. As far as I understand it, the UK Government did not say that there was an issue with compliance. The principles that all parties signed up to for successful further devolution, the fiscal framework and how that relates to the block grant adjustment are a political agreement, and to proceed in the way that the UK Government proposes would be a breach of that political agreement.