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Business Rates

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent representations he has received on the 100-day rule for liability for the business rate for bed-and-breakfast establishments; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has received a number of representations on this matter; and I have met several of my hon. Friends to discuss their concerns.Many home owners providing bed-and-breakfast have argued for a more generous exemption but others, particularly the hotel trade, believe that any exemption in this area could lead to unfair competition. The tourist authorities have represented that the rule could lead to a shortening of the season in which such accommodation is available. We are considering these arguments and others that have been put to us.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those organisations which responded to his consultation paper of December 1988 on the application of the business rate for bed-and-breakfast establishments.

The following organisations responded to the consultation paper on "The boundary between domestic and non-domestic property", issued in December 1988:

  • The Association of District Councils
  • The Association of County Councils
  • The Association of Metropolitan Authorities
  • The National Association of Local Councils
  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
  • Blackpool Borough Council
  • Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Cambridge City Council
  • Carrick District Council
  • City of London
  • Cleethorpes Borough Council
  • Eastbourne Borough Council
  • East Dorset District Council
  • Fylde Borough Council
  • Borough of Great Yarmouth
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • Kennet District Council
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Borough of Luton
  • Middlesbrough Borough Council
  • Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • New Forest District Council
  • North Norfolk District Council
  • Penwith District Council
  • Preston Borough Council
  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • South Herefordshire District Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Tonbridge and Mailing Borough Council
  • Vale Royal Borough Council
  • West Somerset District Council
  • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Wyre Borough Council
  • Country Landowners Association
  • The Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers
  • Institute of Housing
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • The Rating Officers Guild
  • The Rating Surveyors Association
  • The Rating and Valuation Association
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Edward Erdman Surveyors
  • Gerald Eve Chartered Surveyors
  • Grimley J. R. Eve Chartered Surveyors
  • Matthews and Goodman Chartered Surveyors
  • J. P. Sturge Chartered Surveyors
  • Association of Independent Businesses
  • British Holiday & Home Parks Association Ltd.
  • The British Hotels Restaurants and Caterers Association
  • British Property Federation
  • British Retailers Association
  • British Self Catering Federation
  • Chalfont St. Peter Chamber of Commerce
  • Cumbria and Lakeland Self-Caterers Association
  • Federation of Cornwall Hotels and Tourism Associations
  • Historic Houses Association
  • The Land Institute
  • London Chamber of Commerce
  • The National Association of Warehouse Keepers
  • The National Council of Hotels Associations
  • National Federation of Retail Newsagents
  • The National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Limited
  • The National Licensed Victuallers' Association
  • Skegness Holiday Flat Owners Association
  • The Water Companies Association
  • Action With Communities in Rural England
  • British Mountaineering Council
  • Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom
  • Forestry Commission
  • Oxford Polytechnic
  • Royal National Institute for the Blind