Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (204)

Dara Calleary

Question:

204. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance his views on whether formal targets for debt resolution for the small and medium enterprise sector similar to the mortgage arrears resolution targets process would assist economic recovery and job creation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24551/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

In June 2013 the Central Bank set quarterly institution-specific performance targets for covered banks to move distressed borrowers onto longer-term solutions. The targets set reflect the banks’ capacity, processes and systems. The Credit Review process remains available to any SMEs whose credit has been reduced or withdrawn by the pillar banks as well as when credit is refused by them. I would strongly advise any SME whose credit is reduced or withdrawn to avail of the services of the Credit Review Office. The Government recognises that SMEs are the lifeblood of the economy and will play a vital role in the recovery of employment growth in our country. It also recognises that businesses with legacy debts may be viable. One of the key priorities of the Programme for Government is to ensure that an adequate pool of credit is available to fund SMEs in the real economy during the restructuring and downsizing programme.