First Minister in Downing Street talks

First Minister Carwyn Jones has been holding talks with the Prime Minister and the heads of Scotland and Northern Ireland at a meeting in Downing Street

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First Minister calls for Air Passenger tax to be transferred to Wales

At a meeting with the Prime Minister in Downing Street, First Minister Carwyn Jones called for Air Passenger Duty to be devolved. He also told David Cameron to reject plans for a new airport to be built in the Thames estuary.

Heathrow is an important hub for Welsh businesses. The idea of building an airport in the Thames estuary is completely fanciful: it's too far away from South Western England and South Wales, it's far too inconvenient. So Heathrow is important: it created the M4 corridor.

But on top of that, we want to make sure that we help to build Cardiff airport and, indeed, Anglesey airport and other airports around Wales and in order to do that it would help to have Air Passenger Duty devolved. Then we could put in place the incentives to develop our airports in Wales.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

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