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Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th February 2009.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the previous rating system for port businesses ended; and how much was paid under this system by Associated British Ports in (a) Hull, (b) Grimsby, (c) Immingham and (d) Goole for (i) 2000 to 2005 and (ii) 2005 to 2008.

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

Prescription rating in ports ended in March 2005, but prescription applied only to the port operator. Separate properties within ports have always been separately liable for business rates and prior to the ports review around 1,600 were so listed and liable.

We do not hold information for the amount of rates paid by individual businesses, as the calculation of business rates, taking into account any reliefs due, is a matter for the local authority.

However, the 2005 lists rateable values for the named ports are:

£
Port 2005 Rating list (before review) 2005 Rating list (post review) Effective date
Hull 9,000,000 3,100,000 1 April 2005
Grimsby 1,350,000 500,000 1 April 2005
Immingham 17,930,000 11,000,000 1 April 2005
Goole 940,000 205,000 1 April 2005

The rateable values under the 2000 rating lists in some cases varied from year to year, details can be found on the Valuation Office website at:

www.voa.gov.uk.

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