Retail Businesses: Financial Support - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:18 pm on 21st September 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Wheatcroft Baroness Wheatcroft Non-affiliated 1:18 pm, 21st September 2020

My Lords, retail is a dynamic sector that was undergoing radical change even before Covid hit. The rise of internet shopping has changed the shape of retail. Does the Minister accept that there is no point in propping up retail businesses which would not have survived the course anyhow? Perhaps the Government ought to be looking at helping more community shops get under way so that, particularly in rural areas, people can get what they want on their doorsteps.