[Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] — Late Payments (SMEs)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 14th September 2011.

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Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth 9:30 am, 14th September 2011

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I agree that that is an issue in some areas of the economy.

We are calling on large businesses to sign up to the prompt payment code, and I can announce today that Oldham metropolitan borough council, which had not previously signed up, has agreed to do so.