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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Welsh affairs questions in Parliament see tourism VAT on the agenda

Today in Parliament the Secretary of State for Wales was asked a question on the importance of tourism VAT the rural Welsh economy but Roger Williams, Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire.

Roger Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire, Liberal Democrat)

Tourism is very important to Wales, and to rural Wales in particular. It has been suggested that reducing VAT on visitor attractions and accommodation, as other EU countries have, would stimulate tourism and result in a higher tax-take. Does the Secretary of State agree with that view.

Stephen Crabb (The Secretary of State for Wales; Preseli Pembrokeshire, Conservative)

I am familiar with the VAT arguments from the tourism sector. Of course these matters are the responsibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and he keeps them under review, but I would just point out to my hon. Friend the most recent tourism visitor figures, which showed about an 8% increase last year in international visitors coming to Wales. That has to be a good sign that the tourism sector is on the up in Wales.

 

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