Covid-19: Aviation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 3rd June 2020.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton 12:42 pm, 3rd June 2020

I have had scores of emails from people representing years of loyal service to British Airways, who initially welcomed these lefty-looking furlough and job retention schemes and are now finding that the public purse is being used to effectively chuck ’em on the scrapheap. May I ask the Minister to revive another old Labour tradition and, rather than acting a bit like a bystander, bang some heads together and get the unions, the airlines and the Government round the table—they can have beer and sandwiches at No. 10 if they like—to thrash out a sector-specific deal to save aviation in this country?