Rates: Halls

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 31st January 2000.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:45 pm, 31st January 2000

Will the Minister acknowledge that many of the local halls are the only halls that are available to communities? They are used for community activities such as playgroups, and to rate these on the same commercial basis as shops is extremely unfair to the small numbers of people who are trying to keep them open?