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Departmental Contracts

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 7 May 2008, Official Report, columns 979-80W, on departmental contracts, on what grounds GVA Grimley obtained a reduction in the rating valuation and business rates bills of those properties which were courts. (213579)

The following properties were previously reported as having benefited from a reduction in national non-domestic rating bills:

Barnet magistrates court;

Bristol Greyfriars;

Bury county court;

Cambridge magistrates court;

HMCS NE regional directors office;

Manchester county court;

Middlesex Guildhall Crown court;

N and W Greater Manchester MCC offices;

Northampton Bulk Issue Centre;

Nuneaton county court;

Royal Courts of Justice;

Stourbridge county court.

The following table lists those properties which were courts and the grounds for the reduction in rates bill:

Court

Grounds for rating reduction

Barnet Magistrates Court

Empty rates relief following vacation of building.

Bristol Greyfriars (Bristol County Court)

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition

Bury County Court

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition

Cambridge Magistrates Court

Rateable value reduced due to the temporary nature of the magistrates court building in Cambridge

Manchester County Court

Empty rates relief following vacation of building.

Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court

Empty rates relief following vacation of building.

Northampton Bulk Issue Centre (County Court Bulk Centre)

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition

Nuneaton County Court

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition

Royal Courts of Justice

Rateable value temporarily reduced whilst one building on the site is out of commission for refurbishment

Stourbridge County Court

Rateable value reduced based on local comparator buildings of similar age size and condition