Government to ‘give whatever help we can’ to coaches

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked to outline sector-specific funding for the coach industry on Tuesday (22 September 2020). The question was posed by Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington. He asked what sector-specific support those worst affected by the pandemic could be given by the Government, mentioning the coach industry and the Honk for Hope campaign.

Grahame Morris said: “Mr Speaker, you will be aware of the recent imposition of further restrictions in the north-east of England. First, I thank the Prime Minister for listening to and acting on the concerns, both individual and collective, from the northern group of Labour MPs about informal childcare arrangements in my constituency and others. However, before he feels my warm embrace, I ask him to provide assurances to businesses in my constituency in relation to the latest announcement of restrictions on businesses. Will he outline what sector-specific support the Government will offer to those worst affected by COVID, such as the coach sector, which is on the brink of collapse because of Government inaction, in the main, and the failure to listen to the ‘Honk for Hope’ campaign?”

“We will do whatever we can to support the coach sector and all other sectors across the country” – Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister replied: “We will do whatever we can to support the coach sector and all other sectors across the country. As the hon. Gentleman knows, we have put in place a massive programme of loans, grants and support of all kinds. It is clear that the best thing for businesses in his constituency and across the country is not to paralyse the economy now and not to go back into lockdown, but to defeat the virus in so far as we possibly can and allow the economy to move forward—but we will continue to give whatever help we can.”

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