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Business: Non-domestic Rates

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the presence of fire sprinklers is taken into account in business rate valuations. (171589)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) on 21 March 2007, Official Report, columns 991-92W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of supplementary business rates on the take up of business improvement districts. (171596)

It will be for individual local authorities, in developing proposals for business rate supplements, to consider the potential impact on local business and on business improvement districts (BIDs). This will include considering whether there should be an offset for ratepayers contributing to BIDs. Such decisions will need to be determined locally, as circumstances, including potential benefits to be derived from a business rate supplement and BID activities, will depend on the particular case concerned.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a wall-mounted satellite dish is taken into account in the assessment of a business property for business rate purposes. (171586)

The installation of a wall-mounted satellite dish does not affect a property's rateable value because it is not an item named in The Valuation for Rating (Plant and Machinery) (England) Regulations 2000 (SI 2000 No. 540) and is not, as a consequence, rateable.