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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 how many port businesses in which ports have not yet been assessed for their liability for non-domestic rates.

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

There are two port reviews, reflecting the circumstances at 1 April 2005, that are still outstanding. Only one, at Humber Sea Terminal, is in England. The port businesses affected in these reviews are in discussion with the Valuation Office Agency and the delay in completing the reviews is at the request of the ratepayers affected.

There will be continuous amendments into and out of the port rating assessments as changes to and occupations of properties occur over time. Where a change is required, the Valuation Office Agency is consulting with the businesses affected prior to the rating lists being amended.

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