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Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of rent for a the average cost of commercial property in each month since May 1997; what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the removal of empty property tax relief on commercial property rents; and if she will make a statement. (241551)

An impact assessment detailing the impact of the empty property reforms was published by Communities and Local Government in May 2007 accompanying the introduction of the Rating (Empty Properties) Bill and a further assessment was laid before this House on the 26 February accompanying the Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (England) Regulations 2008—Number: 386.