Letter to the Chancellor, Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Business following the conclusion of the Smith Commission on Scottish Devolution

Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, and Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, have today written to the Chancellor, Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Business following the conclusion of the Smith Commission on Scottish Devolution.

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Chancellor, Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Business,

We are writing to you regarding a specific issue that now arises following the conclusion of the Smith Commission on Scottish Devolution.

All of our parties support the Smith Commission conclusions and its principle that implementation should “not cause detriment to the UK as a whole nor to any of its constituent parts.” and ”cause neither the UK Government nor the Scottish Government to gain or lose financially simply as a consequence of devolving a specific power”

It is important that, in implementing the Smith recommendations in relation to Air Passenger Duty, this principle is upheld. This means ensuring that English Regional Airports are not disadvantaged.

English Regional airports cannot be faced with continuing uncertainty and risk through not knowing whether they will be significantly disadvantaged should a future Scottish Government introduce changes to Air Passenger Duty.

It is therefore imperative that the UK Treasury leads work across Government – and working with the Scottish Government – on a mechanism to ensure that English airports, particularly in the North of England, are not disadvantaged.

We would be grateful for confirmation that this work is underway.

Yours sincerely,

Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor; Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary; Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary.

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Posted November 27th, 2014 by Ed's team