Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:28 am on 22nd November 2012.

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Photo of Lord Mitchell Lord Mitchell Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills) 11:28 am, 22nd November 2012

My Lords, after two and a half years and half a Parliament, it is about time that this Government started taking responsibility for their actions and stop blaming others for the consequences of their own shambles. However, when will this Government understand that announcing convoluted schemes every few weeks is not the primary way to help SMEs to recover? What will help businesses recover is creating an atmosphere of confidence. That will be created by increasing demand, and demand will be increased by moving from a policy of ever-tightening austerity into one of strategic economic growth.