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Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effect of the introduction of empty property business rates on the attractiveness to overseas investors of real estate investment trusts. (236145)

The Department of Communities and Local Government published an impact assessment of the empty property rate relief reforms in May 2007 alongside the primary legislation.

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/ratingempty

On 26 February this year, the Minister for Local Government laid a further assessment before the House, alongside the regulations.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/em/uksiem_20080386_en.pdf