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UKHospitality welcomes Parliament debate on Hospitality Minister

12th Jan 2021 - 08:42
Trade body UKHospitality has welcomed the Hospitality Minister debate in Parliament, which it says highlights support for the sector and the need for additional supportive measures.

The debate was made possible after a petition calling for a dedicated Hospitality Minister surpassed 200,000 signatures.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, commented: “There was a clear and highly encouraging demonstration of strong cross-part support for an extension of the VAT cut and the business rates holiday. These are going to be crucial if we hope to see businesses survive the year.

“Equally clear is that a great many MPs recognise that this additional support will be necessary if the sector is to survive and lead the national revival.

“It was incredibly positive to hear so many MPs being vocal advocates of the hospitality sector. There was unanimous recognition of our importance economically and socially.

“It is striking that, in the end, the petition got more than 200,000 signatures. We all understand the importance of what we do and it is good to see the Government recognise the importance of working closely with the sector to ensure that we are properly supported, not just during this crisis but more generally.”

Written by
Edward Waddell