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Non-Domestic Rates

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 1061W, on non-domestic rates, if he will provide the information broken down by turnover band of (a) less than £50,000, (b) £50,000 to £99,999, (c) £100,000 to £499,999, (d) £500,000 to £1,999,999, (e) £2,000,000 to £9,999,999, (f) £10,000,000 to £49,999,999, (g) £50,000,000 to £999,999,999 and (h) £1,000,000,000 or more. (203914)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 12 May 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for expenditure on national non-domestic rates by businesses in England, by turnover band, as percentages of turnover, purchases and gross value added (GVA). (203914)

Our Annual Business Inquiry (ABI), which covers most of the economy but excludes some sectors, such as agriculture, finance, local and central government, collects data on national non-domestic rates. The latest figures published for England alone relate to 2005. 2006 estimates will be available in June 2008.

The ABI is normally stratified using employment sizebands but the turnover sizebands used in the analysis are as requested.

The table below shows the data as per your request:

National non-domestic business rates in England as a percentage of:

Total turnover

Total purchases of goods and services

Gross value added (GVA)

Turnover sizeband

2005

2004

2003

2005

2004

2003

2005

2004

2003

<£50,000

1.7

1.8

1.7

2.0

2.3

2.3

7.2

6.2

5.7

£50,000 to £99,999

0.9

1.0

1.1

1.9

2.00

2.2

1.6

1.9

2.1

£100,000 to £499,999

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.9

1.8

1.9

2.4

2.5

2.8

£500,000 to £1,999,999

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.7

1.7

1.7

2.7

2.8

3.0

£2,000,000 to £9,999,999

0.9

0.9

1.0

1.3

1.3

1.4

2.4

2.5

2.6

£10,000,000 to £49,999,999

0.8

0.7

0.8

1.1

1.1

1.1

2.3

2.3

2.4

£50,000,000 to £999,999,999

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.7

0.7

0.7

1.7

1.6

1.9

£1,000,000,000 or more

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

1.1

0.9

0.7

Further details of the coverage of the annual business inquiry are given at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/abi

The annual business inquiry is a sample survey so the figures are subject to sampling error. This is likely to be greater for the figures relating to small businesses than for businesses in the larger turnover bands.