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Non-Domestic Rates

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes she proposes to make to the (a) precepting, (b) collection and (c) distribution of non-domestic business rates following the Lyons Report. (178466)

The Lyons report did not recommend substantial changes and there are no plans to alter the current precepting, collection and distribution national non domestic rates regime. However, following the Lyons Report the White Paper “Business Rate Supplements”, published in October 2007, set out the Government's plan to introduce powers for local authorities to levy a supplement on business rates.