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Retail Trade: Small Businesses

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the merits of providing incentives and funding to support the economic viability of independent town centre retailers. (151078)

No such assessment has been made. The Government are working in partnership with the retail industry to address issues of concern to all parts of the sector and create the conditions for its success. Independent retailers also have access to a full range of business support available to companies through the Business Link service.