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 Valuation Office Agency (VOA) (a) assessed port businesses for non-business rates and (b) notified the businesses concerned; and what consultations the VOA had with port businesses in 2005.

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

The date from which the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) assessed port businesses for non-domestic business rates and the date from which the businesses concerned were notified of their assessments varies according to the facts and circumstances of each property. Such information could be assembled only at disproportionate cost.

Prior to publication of the 2005 lists discussions were held with port operators on assessment levels, on the basis of information supplied to the VOA by them.

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