MPs debate Wales tax powers

MPs get their first chance to debate proposals which would see some tax-raising powers, including part of the income tax system, transferred to the Welsh Government

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Wales tax powers sooner than expected?

It's emerged that some tax powers could be transferred to Wales sooner than had been expected. Welsh Secretary David Jones told MPs that control of some of the smaller taxes recommended in the recent Silk Commission could be added to legislation already due to be considered in the House of Commons.

He said the transfer of taxes such as stamp duty, landfill tax and business rates could form part of a Finance Bill - the legislation which follows a budget, rather than having to wait for a separate Wales bill. That could mean being added to this year's Finance Bill but next year is more likely.

Welsh control over part of the income tax system - another Silk Commission recommendation - will have to wait, however. MPs from all parties acknowledged that would need a referendum and Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith said it would have to follow funding reform and be a proven benefit to Wales.

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