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The impact of coronavirus on business and workers examined

13 March 2020

On Tuesday morning, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee will hold an evidence hearing looking at how the coronavirus may impact on firms, staff, the self-employed, and those on zero-hours contracts, and examine the range of measures which could help protect workers and mitigate business disruption.


Tuesday 17 March in Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10am

  • Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, CBI
  • Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chair, FSB
  • Andrew Chamberlain, Director of Policy, IPSE
  • Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, TUC

Purpose of the session

The BEIS Committee will question witnesses from the CBI, TUC, FSB, and the IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed).

The Committee is likely to examine the Budget's package of measures relating to support for businesses and workers. The hearing is also likely to look at what additional legislative, policy and other measures may be necessary in the coming months to support small businesses, the self-employed and workers in the gig economy.

Rachel Reeves, BEIS Chair, wrote to Alok Sharma, BEIS Secretary of State, on 6 March 2020 to ask a series of questions on the Government's support for business and protections for workers in relation to COVID-19.

The BEIS Committee welcomes written submissions for this session [here] or email]. Evidence submitted will feed into Tuesday's session but is also likely to be of assistance to the Committee in future work over this Parliament relating to workers' rights and Government support for small businesses.

Further information

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