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Business Rating

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses were on the ratings list in each Government office region in England in each year since 1996-97. (94627)

The number of hereditaments (properties liable to pay non-domestic rates) on the local rating list in each Government office region in England as at 1 April in each year since 1997 are shown in the following table.

Number of hereditaments as at 1 April

Thousand

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

North east

74

73

73

72

74

74

74

74

74

74

North west

234

233

220

220

223

223

235

234

233

234

Yorkshire and the Humber

167

166

167

166

169

170

170

170

170

171

East Midlands

130

129

129

128

131

131

132

132

132

134

West Midlands

172

172

172

171

175

175

176

177

178

179

East of England

164

164

156

154

158

158

169

170

171

174

London

277

277

298

295

299

299

278

278

278

280

South east

233

232

232

232

236

237

238

240

240

243

South west

173

173

173

172

176

176

177

177

179

181

Total England

1,623

1,618

1,619

1,612

1,639

1,644

1,648

1,654

1,656

1,670

Source: Valuation Office Agency

It is not possible to identify businesses that occupy more than one hereditament. Data prior to 1997 are not shown as the regions were reorganised on 1 April 1997 and the data are not comparable.