§ 21. Mr. John Townend
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his plans to help traders with bad debts.
§ Mr. Townend
I am sure that you, Mr. Speaker, will be pleased to hear that I do not propose to ask the same question again. Does my hon. Friend agree that as dangerous to small businesses as had debts are debts which are paid slowly and that some of the worst culprits are local and public authorities? What efforts can he make to encourage public authorities, including the Government, to pay their debts to small businesses a little more quickly?