MPs to debate petition relating to support for the hospitality industry
6 January 2021
On Monday 11 January, MPs will debate a petition relating to Government support for the hospitality industry
- Watch the debate (from 4.30pm, Monday 11 January)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #HospitalityPetitionDebate
- Read research on this issue from the House of Commons Library
The debate will be led by Petitions Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a Minister to respond.
Create a Minister for Hospitality in the UK Government
The petition, which has more than 185,000 signatures, states: “The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3 million jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.
“We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.”
In response to the petition, the Government said: “Responsibility for the hospitality sector is shared by Ministers in the Departments for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.