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Empty Property

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) the Consumer Council for Water and (b) the Environment Agency is in 2008-09. (258527)

The Consumer Council for Water has no vacant or unoccupied properties recorded on the e-PIMS database.

The Environment Agency has three properties recorded as vacant on the e-PIMS database. The estimated cost of vacant business rates on these properties is £96,000. £92,000 is attributable to one building which has now been sub-let in part. The Environment Agency is actively pursuing disposal of the remainder.

The Environment Agency has a further five properties that have been vacant in 2008-09, and the estimated cost of business rates on these properties is £24,000.