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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 675: debated on Tuesday 21 April 2020

Ministerial Correction

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Treasury

Topical Questions

The following is an extract from Treasury Topical Questions on 24 March 2020.

The start-up loan programme has been hugely successful in getting thousands of new businesses off the ground, particularly in my constituency of Beaconsfield. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the announcement that the programme will be extended is hugely welcome news for entrepreneurs right across the country?

My hon. Friend is a champion for entrepreneurship in her constituency, and rightly so. The start-up loan programme is an excellent programme, providing grants of £25,000 for budding entrepreneurs. It has been operational for some years now and has provided almost 70,000 loans, putting to work more than half a billion pounds. It is absolutely right that, as we think about our future coming through the coronavirus, it will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow who will help to create new jobs and drive the prosperity that we will all want to see.

[Official Report, 24 March 2020, Vol. 674, c. 199.]

Letter of correction from the Chancellor of the Exchequer:

An error has been identified in the response I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Joy Morrissey).

The correct response should have been:

My hon. Friend is a champion for entrepreneurship in her constituency, and rightly so. The start-up loan programme is an excellent programme, providing loans of up to £25,000 for budding entrepreneurs. It has been operational for some years now and has provided almost 70,000 loans, putting to work more than half a billion pounds. It is absolutely right that, as we think about our future coming through the coronavirus, it will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow who will help to create new jobs and drive the prosperity that we will all want to see.