UK Ports: Prevention of Disruption over Christmas Period

Part of Treasury – in the House of Commons on 7th December 2021.

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Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Chair, Treasury Committee, Chair, Treasury Committee

I am sure that my right hon. and learned Friend and HMRC are working very hard to ensure that the changes to the import processes coming in on 1 January run smoothly and do not result in lots of additional friction at the border. However, the Federation of Small Businesses has estimated that just one in four smaller companies is actually prepared for the changes that are about to happen. Is she aware of that particular issue? If she is, what action is she taking in the short time that remains?