Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has today welcomed the first meeting of the Scottish Air Passenger Duty stakeholder forum.
The meeting was chaired by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP and Minister for Infrastructure Keith Brown MSP.
Last year, in the wake of the Referendum on Scottish Independence, the Smith Commission recommended that the power to control Air Passenger Duty should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament in the Scotland Bill which is currently progressing through the UK Parliament.
The Air Passenger Duty stakeholder forum brings together interested parties – from those in the aviation industry to environmental groups and tax practitioners – to provide expert input into how a replacement tax could work.
Yesterday’s meeting is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to cutting Air Passenger Duty by 50% during the life time of the next parliament. There will also be a policy consultation launched on Scottish APD this autumn.
Gavin Newlands MP, whose constituency includes Glasgow International Airport, said:
“Air Passenger Duty has hindered Scotland’s transport and tourism for far too long.
“Other European countries have already made the necessary steps to abolish this tax and have reaped the benefits of doing so. The revenue that will be lost by doing abolishing Air Passenger Duty will be recouped through the stimulated growth in our tourism and businesses.
“Therefore, I enthusiastically welcome this development today as it represents Scotland taking another step towards crucial reform in the long-term and a 50 per cent cut in the short-term, which will benefit our tourism and businesses – not to mention potentially making holidays cheaper for hard-working families across Scotland and in Renfrewshire.”