In a House of Commons debate on Welsh tourism earlier this month, Cut Tourism VAT supporter Mark Williams MP (LD) brought up the issue of cutting tourism VAT with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, Guto Bebb MP. Both advocated the cutting of tax, but Bebb said there were “no promises” on the issue of cutting VAT for tourism or other economic sectors. Mark Williams, Liberal Democrat, Ceredigion In a previous life, the Minister was a very passionate supporter of the campaign to reduce VAT on tourism. He has made some very pronounced comments about that campaign in the past. Does he stand by them? More importantly, what representations will he make to the Treasury to make such a case to benefit tourism in our communities? Guto Bebb, Conservative, Aberconwy The hon. Gentleman is perfectly right in saying that I am a politician who advocates lower taxes, so I welcome the fact that this Government have cut national insurance contributions for small businesses and are cutting corporation tax for small businesses. There is a case to be made on VAT for many sectors of the economy, and that case will be made by the Wales Office, but there are no promises, I am afraid.
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