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Plaid Cymru responds to Draft Wales Bill

Elfyn Llwyd MP

Responding to the publishing of the Draft Wales Bill, Plaid Cymru's Elfyn Llwyd MP said:

“We are disappointed to see that the UK Government has cherry-picked the cross-party Silk Commission's recommendations by omitting the transfer of Air Passenger Duty from Westminster to Wales and introducing a 'lockstep' on the income tax powers.

"Plaid Cymru wants to see the integrity of the Silk Commission preserved and we will seek to achieve this by tabling relevant amendments to the Wales Bill when the opportunity arises.

"Labour and Tory in-fighting has led to both parties putting narrow self-interest before what is best for Wales.

“Wales will only get substantial investment powers if an income tax sharing arrangement between the Welsh and UK governments is implemented. If the Labour Welsh Government does not press ahead with securing this arrangement then Wales will lose out on vital investment.

"As the recent GVA figures show, wealth inequality in the UK is growing with any recovery focused on London and the South East. The Welsh economy desperately needs these fiscal powers to create jobs and generate growth and delivering them at the earliest possible opportunity remains Plaid Cymru's priority."

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