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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:38 pm on 8th March 2021.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care) 3:38 pm, 8th March 2021

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. So many businesses have been so hard hit by the pandemic, and it is vital that we support not only the livelihoods of individuals who work in the businesses that have been hit, but those businesses themselves, because they are what will help us come through this and recover from the economic pain of the pandemic. He is right that the Government are having to balance these enormous demands on the public finances, and we also need to take steps ourselves to recover those finances so that we have a strong economy for the future.