Belper MP Pauline Latham has called for a Parliamentary debate on reducing the tax and bureaucratic burdens on small and medium-sized businesses to ensure that they can afford to export.
The Tory politician made her plea to leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Lansley as she prepares to stage a conference in Derby which aims to boost the overseas presence of firms in her constituency.
Speaking in the Commons, Mrs Latham said: “I will be hosting an event at the University of Derby at which businesses in my constituency can discuss exporting their products.
“I am sure that we can all agree — even opposition members — that exports are key to maintaining the positive economic figures that we have heard about recently.
“May we have a debate on reducing the tax and bureaucratic burdens on small and medium-sized businesses to ensure that they can afford to send their products to foreign markets and continue to lead this Government’s economic journey from rescue to recovery?”
Mr Lansley said he welcomed Mrs Latham’s conference and said growth in the UK economy was dependant on breaking further into foreign markets.
He said: “The increase in our exports is making a difference to our economic prospects.
“There has been a 5.8 per cent increase in exports on a year ago. Given the circumstances, we cannot expect Government spending simply to replace private spending. Consumers, as a result of high levels of debt, have also been retrenching.”