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Coronavirus: Employment Support

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester 10:30 am, 19th March 2020

The greatest difficulty for the Government in this fast-deteriorating situation of no one’s making is the speed of response. My worry is that the business interruption loans package will be too clunky for most small and medium-sized businesses, and the cash grants will take too long to get to businesses before decisions are made about jobs. Will the Minister look closely at the recommendation of our right hon. Friend Greg Clark? If that were put in place, some of the recommendations made by my right hon. Friend Sir Iain Duncan Smith on universal credit would not be so important.