Simon Jupp’s pub crawl prompts a question

Simon Jupp is lobbying hard for the hospitality sector. But wasn’t last year’s “Eat out to help out” campaign thought to have been a significant factor in fuelling the second wave? – Owl

Photo of Simon JuppSimon Jupp Conservative, East Devon

East Devon is back open for business, but step into any pub, café, hotel or restaurant and it is clear that it is struggling with the impact of social distancing. Does my right hon. Friend agree with me that social distancing in hospitality must go next month to give these businesses a fighting chance of survival?

Photo of Steve BarclaySteve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

My hon. Friend is right to highlight the importance of the review of social distancing that the Government are committed to undertaking, and that will obviously shape the approach. We have said that we will have a review, and we are very committed to that. The future beyond step 4 will therefore need to be taken in the round, shaped by the data in that review.

Anyone spotted our mystery man on his mission: as we head towards summer and hopefully some more fine weather, I plan to visit as many pubs as possible in the patch.?