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Non-Domestic Rates

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors she took into account when deciding whether to conduct a consultation on introducing supplementary business rates.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

There has been extensive public debate on reforms to business rates, including the introduction of supplements, with contributions from the business community, local and central Government as well as independent experts and academics. We also held discussions with stakeholders as part of developing the proposals in our White Paper 'Business rate supplements', published in October 2007. These included the Local Government Association, the Greater London Authority, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Confederation of British Industry, the British Chambers of Commerce, the British Retail Consortium and the Federation of Small Businesses, as well as representatives of individual businesses.

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