Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Colum Eastwood Colum Eastwood Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to allocate additional funding to the Northern Ireland Executive for the support for staff affected by the collapse of Flybe.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Holding answer received on 10 March 2020

The Government appreciates the impact this insolvency will have on Flybe passengers and employees. Our immediate priorities are to ensure passengers are kept informed of alternative travel options, and that employees who have lost their jobs are assisted in accessing support and advice. We know this will be a worrying time for Flybe staff; our Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service will help anyone whose job may be at risk.

The powers to provide financial support in this situation are devolved in Northern Ireland, and it is therefore within the responsibility of the Executive.

The UK Government will continue to closely monitor the situation, working with the Northern Ireland Executive and local partners.

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