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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:32 am on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle 11:32 am, 24th November 2011

The decision to extend small business rate relief until October 2012, which the Leader of the House has mentioned, has been hugely welcome in Pendle, where more than 1,000 small businesses fall into the relevant category and have benefited from paying either reduced business rates or none at all. May we have a debate on the success of that scheme and on what more the Government can do to support small businesses, which are the backbone of the British economy?