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Friday, 30 June 2017

Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP quizzed about Tourism VAT

Yesterday, during a Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) oral questions session in the House, Alistair Carmichael MP (Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland) referenced our campaign when asking Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP (Conservative, Staffordshire Moorlands) about whether she is discussing a reduction in Tourism VAT with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Alistair is a vocal supporter of the Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT on behalf of his constituents in the Northern Isles. Many small businesses in the region operate in the tourism sector and a Tourism VAT cut would catalyse growth and investment in the region.

Karen Bradley responded that a reduction in tourism VAT is “a matter for the Treasury”, but that DCMS and the Treasury will continue to ‘have conversations’.

The text from the exchange is below.

 

Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

Research published by the campaign to cut VAT for tourism has shown how that could be transformative for this most crucial sector. Is this something the Secretary of State is discussing with her colleague, the Chancellor of the Exchequer? If it is not, may I suggest that she start soon? This was not just something in our manifesto; it was also in the Democratic Unionist party’s.

Karen Bradley, The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

I have been lobbied on this matter on a number of occasions. As the Member of Parliament who represents Alton Towers, I have, as I am sure the right hon. Gentleman can imagine, been lobbied on it on a number of occasions. It is, of course, a matter for the Treasury, but we continue to have conversations.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-06-29a.724.4&s=tourism+vat+speaker%3A10785#g724.7

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