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Air passenger duty debate 2

MSPs passed the Scottish government motion on air passenger duty (APD), calling for it to be devolved, with 93 MSPs voting to pass it and 19 voting against , after the second part of the debate on 20 November 2012.

Amendments from the opposition parties were defeated.

The government motion noted "with concern" the recent report by York Aviation on the impact in Scotland of rises in the UK Government's air passenger duty (APD), and "believes that the only way to properly support the ambitions of Scotland's aviation industry, the needs of passengers and the growth of Scotland's economy is for APD to be devolved to Scotland".

It also stated it "further believes that, as a measure to provide some immediate respite to the aviation industry, passengers and businesses, the UK Government should announce a freeze in APD levels".

Dr Elaine Murray, closing the debate for Labour, told the chamber people who changed ailrine had to pay APD twice which was unfair on regional airports and said Labour would like the flexibility Northern Ireland now had on APD.

Transport Minister Keith Brown ended the debate calling for the devolution of APD saying "we have to take action now".


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