Relief from local non-domestic rates: occupied hereditaments

Part of Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:03 pm on 5th September 2017.

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Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Conservative, Wantage 8:03 pm, 5th September 2017

I refer the Committee to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Is my hon. Friend aware of some concerns in the telecoms sector that the tax relief could be gamed? People could switch off lit fibre and light dark fibre in order to take advantage of the tax relief. Some have suggested that a better way of implementing may be simply to limit the quantum of business rates paid by telecoms companies. Will my hon. Friend comment on those concerns, which I have heard from a number of providers?