Relief from local non-domestic rates: occupied hereditaments

Part of Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:15 pm on 5th September 2017.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull 8:15 pm, 5th September 2017

I thank the Minister for giving way—he is being most generous in allowing interventions. In 2015 and last year, Solihull enjoyed a higher growth rate than China, but it is still one of the poorest areas for broadband provision, particularly business provision. The Minister can imagine what more could be achieved if we had better broadband, so the Bill is very welcome, as is the £60 million in targeted tax relief. Does he agree that the relief will not only boost Solihull’s economy but key in to the midlands engine, which is absolutely at the heart of UK growth and productivity?