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The government says the business secretary “did not tell the porkies” about the support for the industry.

Business Secretary Kosi Quarting. He did not lie when he said there was talk between government departments about possible support for British firms. Energy crisis, A senior minister has insisted.

Mr Quarting said on Sunday he was in talks with the finance and energy industries to find a way out of the crisis.

However, Chancellor’s officials. رشی سنک۔There was a clear refusal to talk to the department’s business department – a Treasury source accused Mr Quarting of “talking in interviews”.

Asked by Sky News if the business secretary was “talking nonsense”, Interior Minister Damien Hinds replied: “Absolutely not.”

The security minister added: “The fact is that government departments, government ministers talk to each other all the time and of course with this kind of issue.”

Labor accused the government of “fighting among itself” – but the interior minister said both Mr Quarting and Mr Sink were “focused” on the problems posed by rising global energy prices.

Mr Hinds also defended. Boris JohnsonThe decision to go to the Costa del Sol for the holidays – to claim that it is “important for the whole country” that the Prime Minister recharge his batteries.

Asked if now is the right time, the minister replied: “When is the right time? I think it is important that people have the opportunity to have some relaxation with their families.”

He added: “For the rest of us, what is really important for the whole country is that the prime minister gets some family time, some breaks.”

Mr Hinds also rejected the idea of ​​a four-day week this winter. “We live in a country where the government does not set a working week model,” he said.

“Thank God we don’t live in the 1970s,” the minister added.

Talks between the government and the industry will continue on Monday, with the manufacturing industry such as paper, steel and ceramics pushing for energy price limits to avoid shutting down the factory.

Mr Quarting said on Sunday he was confident the lights would be on this winter, but also emphasized that the government was “not in the business of bailout.”

But Emma Punchbeck, chief executive of Energy UK, warned that “exposed” businesses, such as energy-based factories, would be hardest hit by rising prices. “We expect more retailers to go out of business this winter,” said Ms. Punchbeck.

UK Steel Director General Gareth Stace warned the government that Mr Stace had accused the government of doing nothing to help the industry and warned of “serious, lasting effects” on the steel sector “in weeks, not months”. ۔

He told the LBC: “This is a critical time. The business secretary has also said that this is a critical situation, and that is why the government is just sitting on its hands and not doing anything at the moment. ?

“The prime minister now needs to work together to kill the chief ministers, take control and remember that if they do nothing, their desire to raise their level will disappear.”

Mr Stacey said he wanted the UK government to follow the lead by the Italian government, which had “taken down” some of the policy spending on the industry. “When the government says, ‘We’re not going to bail out,’ that’s not what we’re asking for,” he said.

Ed Miliband, Labor’s shadow business secretary, said the government was “fighting among itself”, adding: “The government has nothing to offer businesses or consumers to deal with the crises they face. Are facing. ”

United Nations Secretary-General Sharon Graham also called on the prime minister to “get a grip” on the crisis, saying industry leaders and ministers should work with unions so that no jobs are lost.

The union boss said, “I urge the prime minister to come to grips with this crisis.” “The stalemate between ministers and industry is irresponsible and a threat to jobs and our recovery.”

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