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Empty Property

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) HM Treasury residual estate is in 2008-09. (258516)

HMRC does not incur empty property business rates for vacant properties on their estate because the liability for rates passes to their PFI contractor as soon as HMRC vacate a property.

The estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties on the HM Treasury residual estate is £200,970.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost in empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by the Government Actuary's Department is in 2008-09. (258517)

The Government Actuary’s Department does not have any vacant property and has not incurred any cost in empty property business rates.