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Part of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons on 9th February 2021.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Well, I have listened to the Secretary of State’s answers so far, and I am afraid that he is all mouth and no trousers. Let’s try again, shall we? Businesses face a £50 billion bombshell in April, yet many in hospitality, retail and services will not even be open by then. Councils are sending out business rates bills as we speak and difficult decisions are being made now. Does the Minister agree personally with Labour’s plan to extend the business rates holiday for at least six months as well as the furlough while public health measures remain, in order to deal with this bombshell before it blows a big hole in our economy?