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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 Brian Binley Brian Binley Conservative, Northampton South 11:30 am, 27th January 2009

I did not. I was not here. I will speak for myself on this matter, so I do not want any of that nonsense.

Business is involved at every stage of the BIDs process, which has the effect of bringing business into the humble issue of community and its impact on the people whom we serve. That is the opposite of this exercise, which will drive business away because it will not be involved. It will just see the price at the end of the day and know whether it was right or wrong, whether it has been balloted or not, quite frankly. So the Bill is not doing what BIDs did, and that is one of its failures.