British Retail — [Sir Alan Meale in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:04 pm on 6th March 2013.

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Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker Conservative, Worcester 3:04 pm, 6th March 2013

My hon. Friend is making an excellent point. Before he moves on from business rates, does he agree that we inherited with the terrible deficit from the last Government a huge backlog of appeals against business rate decisions in the Valuation Office Agency? That continues to be a problem. Will he join me in urging the Treasury to do everything it can to clear that backlog, and to recognise that that shows that there is a real issue with the valuation and revaluation process?