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Sunday, 01 March 2015

Mark Williams MP pushes for Tourism VAT debate in House of Commons

Last week Mark Williams MP spoke in the House of Commons to ask about the contribution a reduction in Tourism VAT would have, and to ask for a debate on the matter.

Culture, Media and Sport Questions

Mark Williams, Liberal Democrat, Ceredigion

What assessment has the Minister made of the much greater contribution tourism could make to the economy were VAT on tourism to be reduced, which is something that all but three countries in the EU have been able to deliver?

Helen Grant, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

VAT is a matter that is constantly raised with me, but it is one for the Chancellor. He keeps all taxes under review, and I am sure that he will keep this one under review too. The hon. Gentleman might like to know that I am holding a round-table meeting on VAT with the industry in the next two weeks.

Business Questions

Mark Williams, Liberal Democrat, Ceredigion

The work of VisitWales to promote the tourism industry in Wales would be greatly enhanced were VAT on tourism to be reduced. May we have a debate on reducing VAT on tourism, particularly given its importance for rural areas, which are very dependent on the tourism sector, including counties such as Ceredigion and Montgomeryshire, which is soon to be the Leader of the House’s home county?

William Hague, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons

I certainly recommend to everybody in the country, and indeed around the world, tourism in Wales where they can see many splendid sites, some very fine countryside and great history. That is true in Ceredigion, where I know tourism is a key industry. There are opportunities coming up in the House—Treasury questions on 10 March and then the Budget debate—to raise issues about VAT. In the meantime, I know that that Welsh Government can and do provide support for tourism, and all of us can set a good example of tourism in Wales.

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