asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received in response to the report commissioned by his Department on "The Effect of Business Rates on the Location of Employment".
Many people expressed astonishment and disbelief when a few carefully selected bits of the report were circulated before its publication. The full report, which is based on figures only up to 1981, did not examine the impact of rates in the most extreme cases. In such cases, rate increases may be the last straw that leads to closures and redundancies.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list the bodies to whom he has sent copies of the Cambridge report on "The Effect of Business Rates on the Location of Employment" for their comments.
I have specifically invited comments from the Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress, the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, the Association of County Councils, the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, the Association of District Councils, the London Boroughs Association, the Association of London Authorities, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Rating and Valuation Association.