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Non-Domestic Rates: Ports

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Valuation Office Agency was instructed to value port businesses for rating purposes; when the valuation process began; which ports businesses have been valued so far; and which remain to be valued. (241083)

It is the responsibility of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to ensure all businesses have the correct rateable value. The VOA was not specifically instructed to value port businesses, but is obliged to carry out ratings in respect of this responsibility.

A review of the rating of businesses within the ports was started in May 2006, once points of legal principle which arose during an earlier review of the port of Southampton had been clarified. Reviews of all 55 ports have now been completed. The rating list has been updated in 50 of these cases. In the remaining five reviews, the Valuation Office has contacted the ratepayers notifying them of their intentions and inviting them to discuss the proposals in advance of the rating list being amended.

Following is a list of the 55 ports subject to recent review.

Barrow

Blyth

Boston

Bristol

Dover

Falmouth

Felixstowe

Fleetwood

Folkestone

Garston

Goole

Great Yarmouth

Grimsby

Harwich dock

Harwich International

Heysham

Hull

Humber sea terminal

Immingham

Ipswich

King's Lynn

Liverpool

Lowestoft

Manchester ship canal

Newhaven

Plymouth Cattedown

Plymouth Millbay

Poole

Port of London

Portsmouth

Ramsgate

Southampton container terminal

Seaham

Sharpness

Sheerness

Shoreham

Southampton

Sunderland

Tilbury Container Services

Teesport

Teignmouth

Thamesport

Tilbury

Tyne

Workington

Barry

Cardiff

Fishguard

Holyhead

Milford Dock Company

Milford Haven Port Authority

Mostyn

Newport

Port Talbot

Swansea.