Protection of Jobs and Businesses

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:11 pm on 9th September 2020.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury 1:11 pm, 9th September 2020

I am very familiar with this issue. We covered it in my appearance before the Treasury Committee some months ago, and the Chancellor has repeatedly addressed it. As the hon. Lady will know, the shadow Chancellor referred to part of those concerns, and just yesterday there was discussion in the media about concerns regarding fraud in other Government schemes. Part of the challenge and the constraints on this issue is concern about the level of fraud. We have already set out the Government’s position on the issue. I do not think there is further to add in that respect, because those concerns have been well articulated.