Create a Minister for Hospitality in the UK Government

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m 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.

This petition closed on 6 Apr 2021 with 209,984 signatures


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Recent Speeches related to Create a Minister for Hospitality in the UK Government

1. Hospitality Industry: Government Support
11/01/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: 552201 and 329985 relating to Government support for the hospitality industry.It is a pleasure to - Speech Link
2: the hon. Lady’s call for a hospitality Minister. I was the shadow Minister for tourism when I first came - Speech Link
3: 200,000 petitioners are calling for a Minister for hospitality, and I am sure they will be pleased that - Speech Link

2. Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation
08/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: It is almost a year to the day since the Prime Minister, in a televised address to the nation, took one - Speech Link

3. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Support Measures
08/10/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Documents: e-petition 320711, Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst covid-19 - Speech Link
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4. Covid-19: Economy
04/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: financial crisis of 2008-9 saw UK income fall by 5% in one year, and the government deficit rise by £110 billion - Speech Link

5. Business and Planning Bill
06/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Prime Minister’s speech of 30 June, when the Government announced that we would launch a planning policy - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Create a Minister for Hospitality in the UK Government
1. Hospitality Industry: Government Assistance
asked by: Chi Onwurah
02/06/2020
... what support his Department is providing to businesses that provide meeting and event spaces and who have been affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

2. Hospitality Industry: Government Assistance
asked by: Andrea Leadsom
07/12/2020
... what steps he is taking to ensure equity of support for (a) medium sized and (b) large hospitality businesses.

3. Hospitality Industry: Government Assistance
asked by: Daisy Cooper
26/01/2021
...000.

4. Hospitality Industry: Government Assistance
asked by: Holly Mumby-Croft
15/01/2021
... what steps the Government is taking to support hospitality businesses in Tier 3 covid-19 lockdown areas.

5. Hospitality Industry: Government Assistance
asked by: Mike Amesbury
15/01/2021
... what progress his Department has made on updating the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Public Authorities to take into account the temporary increase in EU State Aid limits in order to help support the hospitality sector.

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A dedicated Minister would liaise with industry representatives. We believe such a Minister would have been beneficial to Government & Industry during the pandemic.

As the UK seeks to encourage investment & tourism back to the UK in coming years, the vision that UK hospitality industry portrays of the UK is excellence, innovation, inspiration.

We need a Minister who can listen to concerns on taxation & legislation and bring forward suggestions to the chancellor and policy makers on our behalf.


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Government Response

Responsibility for the hospitality sector is shared by Ministers in the Departments for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.


The Government recognises the importance of the UK’s hospitality sector, which plays a vital role in supporting local communities up and down the country and the UK economy. The sector is extremely broad, ranging from the arts and entertainment to pubs, cafes and restaurants, and as such responsibility for the sector as a whole is shared by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Ministers in both Departments have worked closely with business leaders and representative bodies from across the sector throughout the pandemic to ensure that the interests of the hospitality businesses and their employees are fully represented within Government. Hospitality sector business leaders were consulted on the Government’s Covid-Secure Guidance for businesses, and Ministerial engagement with the sector has helped to shape the Government’s extensive package of business support measures, which has included the job retention scheme, reduced VAT, rates relief, the commercial rent moratorium, hospitality grants, loan support schemes, the self-employed income support scheme, regulatory easements to support outdoor hospitality and the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


MPs spoken contributions during 11 Jan 2021 petition debate