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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 by what date port businesses are required to make (a) the first payment of part of their annual assessment and (b) the first payment towards their arrears from 2005.

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

Local authorities are responsible for the billing and collection of business rates.

The regulations covering the procedures to be followed (Non Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) Regulations 1989)) are in the process of being amended to permit the payment of arrears in instalments over up to eight years where appropriate.

The Business Rates Information Letter (BRIL) 2009/02 providing guidance and information on the impact of the changes was issued 10 February to all English billing authorities. I have placed a copy in the Library of the House.

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