It is normal practice when a Government Department proposes to undertake a contingent liability of £300,000 and above, for which there is no specific statutory authority, for the Department concerned to present Parliament with a Minute, giving details of the liability created and explaining the circumstances.
British Steel Limited entered into liquidation on 22 May 2019. The Official Receiver has been appointed as liquidator and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has provided him with an indemnity in respect of:
It has not been possible to observe the usual waiting period for this contingent liability, since it only materialised when the Company entered into liquidation yesterday morning.
HM Treasury has approved the proposal in principle.