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Contingencies Fund Advance

Volume 675: debated on Monday 27 April 2020

I hereby give notice of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy having drawn advances from the Contingencies Fund totalling £12,409,000,000 to enable expenditure on covid-19 support packages for business to be spent ahead of the passage of the Supply and Appropriation Act. The schemes are:

Small business grant scheme

Grant scheme for retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors

Small business grant scheme

Grant scheme for retail, hospitality, leisure sectors

Total £m

RDEL

7,330

5,079

12,409

The funding is urgently required to support businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, and to enable local authorities to administer the scheme.

Parliamentary approval for additional resources of £12,409,000,000 will be sought in a main estimate for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £12,409,000,000 has been met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund.

The cash advances will be repaid upon receiving Royal Assent on the Supply and Appropriation Bill.

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