"I have always been cautious about devolving
extra powers to the Assembly, but on this occasion I have no hesitation about the advantages.
Bristol Airport, Cardiff's closest rival, has claimed that any devolving
of APD to Wales - even though it doesn't have any direct long-haul scheduled flight - would be anti-competitive.
Lord Beecham, who led Newcastle City Council for 17 years, said: "They are devolving
this to the Welsh assembly, but I would argue strongly that the same principle should apply to the North East.
But Prime Minister David Cameron said there would be no decision on devolving
them until after the Scottish referendum in 2014.
Yesterday, Sinn Fein's Ard Comhairle met in Dublin and following the meeting, party president Gerry Adams demanded the two governments set a date for devolving
policing or else Sinn Fein will withdraw from power-sharing.
power to the states does not solve the problem it is designed to address.
"The UK Government needs to recognise these opportunities for Wales and demonstrate its commitment to equity within the devolution system by setting out a plan for devolving
APD to Wales by 2021."
"We welcome the fact that the Ministry of Justice are moving towards devolving
more responsibilities to commissioners around victims and witnesses.
Conservative minister Matt Hancock responded: "I have had no discussions with the Welsh Government on devolving
these powers to Wales."
"I am very keen that we publish a paper on the mechanics of possibly devolving
corporation tax to the devolved institutions here."
A group of 14 backbench MPs, including Birmingham's Lynne Jones, has signed a Commons motion calling for Labour to 'complete its unfinished business' by devolving
more power to the regions.