Hospitality Industry and Retail Trade

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which (a) Ministers, (b) organisations and (c) individuals will sit on the (i) pubs and restaurants and (ii) non-essential retail roadmap taskforces.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

As you are aware, five new ministerial-led taskforces have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain.

As part of this science-led approach, each taskforce will work across Government and engage with key stakeholders in public health, industry, trade unions and devolved administrations to:

  • ensure that COVID-19 secure guidelines are developed in line with the phased approach and public health directions, building on the existing guidance and providing intelligence and sector-specific expert input;
  • agree and ensure alignment of all relevant sectoral guidance, and;
  • provide key sector stakeholders direct access to Ministers to shape the guidance.

Details on the structure and scope of the taskforces is currently being drawn up and will be provided in due course.

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