Business Rate

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th February 1987.

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Photo of Mr Michael Colvin Mr Michael Colvin , Romsey and Waterside 12:00 am, 4th February 1987

Even if we may accept the principle of a uniform business rate, does my hon. Friend realise that it could cause glaring injustices in certain localities? Is he aware that the village of Fawley in my constituency, living as it is under the shadow of the oil refinery, has for many years been the Cinderella of local government inputs, although paying a very great amount in rates? Is he further aware that it is the local parish council that has taken the initiative in providing services for my constituents in that area? What guarantees can he give that the parish council will not he deprived of the £90,000 of rate income that it receives out of a total rate precept of £123,000 if a uniform business rate is introduced? Otherwise, it will impose an unfair burden on domestic ratepayers in the area.