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Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 23rd 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 what steps her Department required the Valuation Office Agency to take to assess port businesses for individual rating (a) before and (b) after the end of prescriptive rating.

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

The legislative framework for non-domestic rating is set out in Part III of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (c.41). Property which is subject to non-domestic rating is valued every five years, and valuation is carried out by a valuation officer. He is appointed by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, and he has a duty to compile and maintain an accurate list of property subject to non-domestic rating (a 'rating list').

This Department does not instruct the Valuation Office Agency in tasks relating to that duty.

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