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Small Business Rate Relief

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses qualified for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06. (94091)

The information requested is not available and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many firms (a) were eligible for and (b) claimed small business rate relief in England in the most recent year for which figures are available; (94565)

(2) what the average business rates bill was for firms (a) claiming and (b) not claiming small business rate relief in England in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available;

(3) what the estimated revenue was from business rates from small firms in England in the most recent year for which figures are available;

(4) how many properties on the ratings list qualified for empty business rates relief in the most recent year for which figures are available.

The information requested is not available and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.