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Question for Treasury

UIN 89829, tabled on 14 September 2020

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the return of HMRC preferential creditor status on (a) the willingness of retail banks to extend credit and loans, and (b) the ability of retail banks to renew the facilities of existing borrowers.

Answered on

17 September 2020

The recent legislative change gives HMRC second preferential creditor status for certain taxes. This change ensures that when a business enters insolvency, more of the taxes paid in good faith by its employees and customers, but held temporarily by the business, go to fund public services as intended, rather than be distributed to other creditors.

This change is not expected to have a significant impact on financial institutions, the lending market or wider economy. This measure is forecast to raise up to £220 million a year. To put this into perspective, bank lending to small and medium-sized businesses alone in 2019 was £57 billion.

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