Date lodged: 26 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what recent meetings it has held with EU oficials to determine whether the Highlands and Islands will be exempt from the air departure tax.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 24 July 2017
As I set out in my answer of 6 June, the UK, as the European Union Member State, is responsible for notifying the exemption to the European Commission.
The Scottish Government is working closely with the UK Government to progress the notification to the European Commission. I had further discussions with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 21 June and with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (FST), the UKG Minister responsible for UK Air Passenger Duty, on 6 July to underline the need to progress this matter urgently. I wrote to the FST to confirm the points raised in our discussion and to emphasise the importance of ensuring the competent transfer of the tax from the UK to the Scottish Government.
I will continue to keep the Scottish Parliament informed on progress.