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Business Improvement Districts

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether representatives of his Department's premises in London N1 will be voting in favour of the introduction of a business improvement district in the area. (119665)

The Home Office supports the aims of business improvement districts, particularly to cut crime and protect the public, and will give sympathetic consideration to supporting the proposed scheme in London N1.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines have been issued to managers of his Department's buildings on business improvement districts. (119667)

Proposals for business improvement districts are considered on their merits on a case by case basis. So far the Department has given support to several individual schemes in view of the potential benefits in reducing crime and improving community safety and subject to consideration of any additional costs that may arise from increased business rates for its accommodation.