Business Rates — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 3:07 pm, 11th June 2014

My Lords, how does my noble friend think that high street shops can compete when they have the burden of rents and rates, and are competing with online retailers such as Amazon, which pay no corporation tax? Is it not time that we looked at the tax system with a view to the implications of the growth of online shopping?