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06 September 2019

Refusal to devolve APD is stifling Wales' ability to exploit international trade opportunities - FSB Wales

Commenting on the UK Government’s decision not to devolve Air Passenger Duty (APD) to Wales, following an inquiry by the Welsh Affairs Select Committee which recommended devolution, Ben Francis, FSB Wales Policy Chair, said:

“FSB Wales has consistently called for the devolution of Air Passenger Duty (APD) and agrees with the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and Welsh Government’s dissatisfaction in UK Government’s decision. Moreover, this is incredibly disappointing for Wales’ business community, and economy as a whole.

“At a time of great economic uncertainty, the refusal to devolve APD in line with Scotland and Northern Ireland is stifling Wales’ ability to exploit international trade opportunities in the wake of Brexit.

“the Qatar Airways route has demonstrated the opportunities of opening Wales up directly to international destinations, and shows the potential that comes from devolving APD.

“Despite this disappointing decision, we will continue to campaign for APD to be devolved to Wales in order that Wales’ economy can benefit from new opportunities around the world.”