Debates between Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick and Lord Agnew of Oulton during the 2019 Parliament

Covid-19: Public Wealth Investment Fund

Debate between Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick and Lord Agnew of Oulton
Tuesday 9th June 2020

(3 years, 11 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Agnew of Oulton Portrait Lord Agnew of Oulton [V]
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I am very happy to meet my noble friend to discuss that, but I stress that we expect the private sector to step up to the mark in investing in these small businesses in future. We have the EIS and the SEIS, and we will continue to review them.

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick Portrait Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick (CB) [V]
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My Lords, given the heightened and highly appropriate focus on justice and opportunity for black and minority communities, what considerations has the Treasury given to working with existing black business finance networks, such as the number one black lending and investment agency, Lendoe, led by Mr Demi Ariyo? Will the Minister chase a reply, due a month ago, to Mr Ariyo’s letter to the Chancellor of 12 May, setting out practical and detailed advice on how to boost black business recovery?

Lord Agnew of Oulton Portrait Lord Agnew of Oulton [V]
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I certainly commit to chasing up a reply to the letter that the noble Lord mentioned. Businesses run by the BAME community are of course vital to our economy.