Economic Support: Covid-19

Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:02 am on 11th November 2020.

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Photo of John Howell John Howell Conservative, Henley 11:02 am, 11th November 2020

What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the economic support available for Scottish businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Alister Jack Alister Jack The Secretary of State for Scotland

I did not bring that with me, sorry.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell Conservative, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale

There are many different ways that the Government can provide economic support to Scottish businesses during covid-19. For the Scotch whisky industry, the biggest help in retaining jobs and supporting its businesses would be for the Government to resolve the US tariffs dispute, rather than escalate it by applying further retaliatory tariffs. Can my right hon. Friend update the House on progress on this vital issue for Scottish businesses and jobs?

Photo of Alister Jack Alister Jack The Secretary of State for Scotland

From memory, question 16—it has been withdrawn altogether from the papers I was given this morning—was about transport, and I will say on that—

Photo of Alister Jack Alister Jack The Secretary of State for Scotland

To answer my right hon. Friend’s question, the Secretary of State for International Trade last night had a Zoom call with MPs from across the House, and I know that she stressed that the UK Government are determined to settle this issue as soon as possible and to mitigate the effects for those who are impacted by it. In short, we continue to raise the issue with the highest levels of the US Administration.