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Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has accepted the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Small Business Group report on access to public procurement in respect of (a) the introduction of specific proposals aimed at the micro-enterprise sector and (b) the provision of feedback on unsuccessful bids; and if he will make a statement. (287678)

The Government welcomed the report from the All-Party Parliamentary Small Business Group on ‘SME Access to Public Procurement’, which identified a similar set of barriers to SME participation as the Glover Review, ‘Accelerating the Economic Engine’. The Government are now working to deliver the Glover recommendations, and will continue to take account of the needs of all businesses, including micro-enterprises.