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Clause 8 — Small companies' rates and fractions for financial year 2009

Part of Surface Water and Highway Drainage Charges (Exemption) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 12th May 2009.

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Photo of John Howell John Howell Conservative, Henley 6:45 pm, 12th May 2009

I wish to draw Members' attention to my entry in the register, as I am the director of a family company—my own family company, for the sake of clarification.

I thank Mr. Browne for giving the statistics on the small business sector. It was a helpful tour d'horizon and has set the scene for this debate. However, it does not emphasise enough that the problem faced by small and medium-sized businesses comes down, essentially, to the credit squeeze and their inability to access credit to develop their businesses.

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