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.

209,723 Signatures

Status: Open
Opened: 6 Oct 2020, 12:22 p.m.
Last 24 hours signatures : 10
Estimated Final Signatures: 244,922

Daily Rank: #405 • Weekly Rank: #439 • Total Rank: #10


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

1. Core Cities UK - written evidence
09/09/2019 - Inquiry: Progress on devolution in England - Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
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Found: submitted by Core Cities UK [PDE 012] 1           The Role of the Core Cities Core Cities UK represents the cities

2. Department for the Economy - written evidence
05/06/2019 - Inquiry: Tourism in Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
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Found: THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIETAL IMPACT OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IN NORTHERN IRELAND 6.                           

3. UKHospitality - written evidence
10/07/2018 - Inquiry: Post-Brexit migration policy - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: (PBM0018)UKHospitality (UKH) is the voice of hospitality across the UK, representing a sector spanning bars,

4. Core Cities UK - written evidence
07/05/2019 - Inquiry: Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review - Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
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Found: Cities UKWritten evidence submitted by Core Cities UK [FSR 106] Introduction: A Devolved Spending Review

5. Core Cities - written evidence
18/12/2017 - Inquiry: Brexit and Local Government - Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
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Found: those Parliaments for final decision rather than the UK Parliament.  Examples include - but are not limited

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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
2: or galleries or to go on holiday somewhere in the UK, in one fell swoop we could not do any of those things - Speech Link

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

6. Covid-19: Support for UK Industries
25/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: 300210, 307959, 305024, relating to support for UK industries in response to covid-19; Second Report - Speech Link
2: has considered e-petitions relating to support for UK industries in response to covid-19.As we have - Speech Link

7. Future of the Coach Industry
10/12/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: this House has considered the future of the coach industry.It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link

8. Finance Bill
17/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: different age. The subsequent Covid-19 pandemic created an unprecedented shock to the economy and the Government’s - Speech Link

9. Coronavirus: Supporting Businesses and Individuals
23/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: beg to move,That this House calls on the Government to support businesses and individuals still struggling - Speech Link
2: British businesses struggling under the burden of Government-guaranteed debt by ensuring that small businesses - Speech Link

10. Live Events and Weddings: Covid-19 Support
09/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: for nightclubs, festivals and the live events industry. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link

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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