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Industrial Premises (Rating)

Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will estimate the cost of zero-rating manufacturing industrial premises.

The estimated cost in England and Wales for derating manufacturing industry would be about £1¼ billion in 1982–83.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to abolish the regulations which levy rates on empty industrial property; and if he will make a statement.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answers given to my hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Mr. Chapman) on Wednesday 8 December 1982—[Vol. 33, c. 560–61]—and Wednesday 26 January 1983—[Vol. 35, c. 887]—by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.