Business Rates

Part of Delegated Legislation – in the House of Commons at 5:26 pm on 2nd April 2019.

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Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General 5:26 pm, 2nd April 2019

I will have to come back to my hon. Friend with an answer to that specific technical question, but I will gladly do so.

Several Members rightly mentioned our high streets package. Sir Desmond Swayne made reference to the fact that it is not all about business rates; it is also about how we design and evolve our high streets to face the changing nature of retailing, which of course includes the rapid advance of online retailing.

Several Members mentioned the digital service tax that we are committed to bringing in by 2020, and we will do so unilaterally in the absence of a multilateral move on the behalf of other countries.