Rishi Sunak has downplayed suggestions that he hinted plans to bring back the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The Chancellor was quoted by Sky News, who reported that he had refused to rule out a return of the scheme, in order to boost consumer confidence when lockdown ends.

However he later highlighted a tweet which refuted suggestions he was indicating a possible return of the scheme.

When asked about the popular discount policy, Sunak told Sky News: “We’ll talk about specific measures, but more broadly I think it’s right when we finally exit this (lockdown) and hopefully next year with testing and vaccines, we’ll be able to start to look forward to getting back to normal.

“We’ll have to look forward to the economic situation then and see what the best form of our support.

“We want to get consumers spending again, get them out and about, we’ll look at a range of things to see what the right interventions are at that time.”