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Public Houses: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 134099, tabled on 2 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he will take to review the impact of measures undertaken to support the recovery of public houses, within the hospitality sector, from the impact of the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

11 March 2022

Since the start of the pandemic I have worked closely with representatives from across the hospitality sector, listening to their concerns and representing their interests across Government. That close working relationship helped shape the Government’s £400 billion package of support for businesses, which included business grants, loans, business rates relief, and VAT discounts.

In July 2021, the Government published a Hospitality Strategy, which aims to support the sector’s post-Covid recovery and create a resilient, dynamic, innovative, and green sector that plays a leading role in local communities, high streets and city centres across the country.

BEIS officials and I continue to work closely with the sector, including through the newly-established Hospitality Sector Council, to address current challenges and help it improve its resilience against future challenges.