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Industrial Rates

Volume 22: debated on Friday 23 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to the replies to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Osborn) Official Report, 15 April 1981, c. 199, and to the hon. Member for Blackburn, Official Report, 21 May 1981, c. 178, if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the best estimate of rate payments by manufacturing industry, in £s million and as a proportion of manufacturing costs, excluding rates and taxes, for each year from 1978 to date.

The available information is as follows:

Rates Paid by Manufacturing Industry 1978–79, United Kingdom
Rate payments £ million825925
Rate payments as a proportion of manufacturing costs (exclusive of rates and taxes)0·68 per cent.0·66 per cent.
Current weighted unit value indices January 1982
1975 = 100
Not seasonally adjusted OTS basis
SITC (R2)ExportsImports
of which: Semi-manufactures5–6193·4168·5
Finished manufactures7–8214·5176·2