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Committee considers potential impact of devolving Air Passenger Duty to Wales

8 January 2019

On Tuesday 8 January, the Welsh Affairs Committee begins its inquiry into the potential impact of devolving Air Passenger Duty  to Wales. The session will gather evidence from a range of witnesses including the Chair of the Commission on Devolution in Wales, the Chair of the Independent Commission on Funding & Finance for Wales, and tax experts.


Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a tax levied by the UK Government on passenger flights from UK airports and is chargeable per passenger. APD in England and Wales is set and managed centrally by the UK Government. However, APD has been devolved to some extent to Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Welsh Affairs Committee will consider the implications of devolving APD to Wales; what advantages doing so might bring to Cardiff Airport and the people of Wales and whether there may be any negative impact on airports serving Wales.

The former First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones, argued that APD should be devolved to the Welsh Government, claiming that APD continues to place unjustifiable constraints on Wales's ability to promote itself abroad and is hindering growth in its aviation sector and wider economy.

Purpose of the session

In the first panel, the Committee will question Sir Paul Silk and Gerald Holtham, chairs of commissions that have made recommendations about the devolution of APD. In the second panel, the Committee will take evidence from tax experts on the practicalities of devolving APD to Wales.


Tuesday 8 January 2019, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 4.15pm

Panel One:

  • Sir Paul Silk, Chair of the Commission on Devolution in Wales (Silk Commission)
  • Gerald Holtham, Chair of the Independent Commission on Funding & Finance for Wales (Holtham Commission)

Panel Two:

  • David Phillips, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Mike Trotman, Associate Director, Deloitte LLP and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation's Indirect Tax Technical Committee and Welsh Technical Sub-Committee
  • Tom Walsh, Partner, Deloitte LLP

Further information

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