Business minister Paul Scully will meet with the team behind the Create a Minister for Hospitality petition, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

The move follows pressure from petitions committee chair Catherine McKinnell for Government to engage on the issue, though McKinnell has said that in addition to the arranged meeting she hopes Johnson will consider the request for a minister himself.

A parliamentary debate on the petition, which was signed by more than 200,000 people, was held last month, where MPs voted in support of the motion to crease a Minister of Hospitality.

Scully is now expected to meet with petitioners including Claire Bosi, Seat at the Table campaign founder and editor of Chef & Restaurant Magazine, as well as chefs Tom Kerridge and Angela Hartnett, and hotelier Robin Hutson.

“Although the government has provided a range of support to the hospitality industry throughout this pandemic, there are still great challenges ahead and a coordinated approach on this issue is vital at this critical time,” said McKinnell.

“The hospitality industry has been hit particularly hard during the pandemic, and remains vulnerable. Thousands of businesses are struggling and unclear about what lies ahead in the coming months, it is essential there is a focused voice within government to represent the hospitality sector to ensure its place as a key driver of economic and cultural growth in every community.”