Free Zones: Tees Valley

Treasury written question – answered on 26th April 2021.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of reliefs granted in the Tees Freeport on (a) employers' national insurance contributions, (b) Stamp Duty Land Tax, (c) Enhanced Capital Allowance, (d) business rates and (e) Enhanced Structures Buildings Allowance to 2026.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government has considered the costs of the tax reliefs that will be granted across each of the eight English freeport locations, including the Teesside Freeport. However, as a result of these tax reliefs applying only in tax sites agreed and confirmed by Government, estimates of their cost will be dependent on the final locations once agreed.

Bidders were required to submit initial proposals for their tax sites as part of their bids. The Government will outline the process for confirming tax sites in due course and expects to score the costs of tax reliefs at the next fiscal event. These costings will undergo the usual scrutiny from the Office for Budget Responsibility.

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