What a day! The Chancellor adopted the role of Father Christmas and sprayed billions of pounds into the economy to save jobs. I had managed to get on the question list after his Statement, but was no 80 out of 90, so was not optimistic I'd be called.
Back home as today was a one-line whip. After an early start and a morning spent on casework, I dialled into our weekly Defence Select Committee, today taking evidence from Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter GCB CBE DSO ADC.
I am pleased to inform you that the Government has established the Global Human Rights sanctions regime by laying regulations in Parliament under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 ('the Sanctions Act').
We write in advance of your anticipated announcement of measures to help Britain’s economy recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and to urge you to include a temporary suspension of Air Passenger Duty (APD) in these measures in order to allow our aviation sector to rebuild and play their full role
A blustery day ended with the news the arts have been waiting for - a £1.57 billion rescue package. They have lobbied hard and clearly successfully to safeguard jobs and venues, some of them of national significance.
Tomorrow will bring relief to many businesses as lock-down is eased. Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas will re-open, although many others remain closed and becoming increasingly more desperate.