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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coming from a small business background as I do, I thank the Minister for the Answer. I shall quote my local paper’s warning from local stores: “Use us or lose us”. Business rates are a real burden these days, as before. May I urge the Minister to look at these issues with renewed emphasis?
My Lords, we are a nation of shopkeepers, and small outlets are the heart of our local community in Weston-super-Mare. Should the Government not have a special plan to help them? When can we expect one? Business rates are the predominant issue of concern.
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Liberal Democrat Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 5 June 2006
Previously MP for Weston-Super-Mare until 11 April 2005 — General election (stood again)
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Also represented Weston-Super-Mare
Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.
View the history of this MP’s entries in the Register
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