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Clause 1

Part of Business Rate Supplements Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 27th January 2009.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) 11:30 am, 27th January 2009

It is a matter of studying the impact assessment of any business rate supplement and, in the end, a judgment. We believe that the judgment strikes the right balance, as I described earlier. I shall come to that in a moment, but now I would like to turn to the two principal questions that underpin the different amendments of the Conservatives and the Liberals.

First, both parties’ amendments propose that there should be a ballot in all cases in which the levying authority wishes to introduce a business rate supplement. Second, they propose that the requirement to have a ballot should not apply to London.