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Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been generated from the abolition of empty property tax relief since April 2008. (241699)

Figures for 2008-09 will not be available until after the end of the financial year when local authorities submit their returns to the Communities and Local Government.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the revenue that will be generated from the abolition of empty property tax relief in this tax year. (241700)

The Government published estimates of the revenue generated from the abolition of empty property relief in the 2007 and 2008 Budget reports.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average value of tax on empty property paid by businesses since April 2008. (241701)

This information is not available. Business rates are collected by reference to the property not by business.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of empty commercial properties incurring tax demands in each month since April 2007. (241702)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations his Department has received on the removal of empty property tax relief for commercial premises; what assessment he has made of the representations; and if he will make a statement. (241547)

Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of such representations.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of recent changes to empty property tax relief on the involvement of developers in regeneration schemes; what representations he has received from developers on this matter; and if he will make a statement. (241552)

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, my colleague, the Minister for Local Government, my right hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (John Healey) laid a further assessment before the House, alongside the regulations.

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

Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of such representations.