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Downing Street warns Christmas could be hit with global supply challenges as there could be ‘some issues’

by LLB political Reporter
23rd Nov 21 2:55 pm

Downing Street has indicated that the global supply chain could affect Christmas shoppers as there are still “some issues” to get some presents in.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Stephen Barclay told MPs there is a combination of issues facing the UK.

Downing Street said that Barclay told Ministers, “We face the dual challenge of managing the regular pressures the colder and wetter months can bring alongside the additional challenge of an ongoing global pandemic and the knock-on effects this is having, including on global supply chains and energy supply.

Barclay provided an overview of the work he has been dealing with over issues including food supply, and noted that the “government action had alleviated concerns over potential turkey shortages in the run-up to Christmas,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.

When pressed if  the government can guarantee there will be presents under Christmas trees, the spokesman said, “We remain confident we are taking the right action to deal with the supply challenges we are seeing globally.

“That’s not to say that individual sectors won’t face some issues, as will be seen in other countries.”

The spokesman added that Barclay had not listed sectors which could be hit “but we have obviously seen individual companies come forward and talk about the challenges they are facing.”

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said despite a “gargantuan effort to ensure that essential food and gifts are ready for Christmas,” retailers “continue to be dogged by ongoing challenges (in) supply chain problems.”

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