20 Nov 2012
Commenting after today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on air passenger duty, Scottish Conservative transport spokesman Alex Johnstone MSP said:
“Today the Scottish Government repeatedly claimed it has the support of the aviation industry in its demands that air passenger duty be devolved.
“This support, however, is predicated on the assumption that once devolved, the SNP would use that power to reduce or abolish the tax.
“But time and again during the debate, transport minister Keith Brown refused to give any commitment to do so, or even to pledge that he would not move to increase the tax.
“This Scottish Government’s habit of giving the impression that it would preside over ‘downward only’ tax reviews is nothing more than a deliberate attempt to mislead Scottish industry and the Scottish people.
“This lack of clarity is symptomatic of the lack of honesty over taxation at the very heart of the SNP.”