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Non-Domestic Rates: Business

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the percentage change in business rates for (a) small and (b) medium-sized and large firms which will take effect in April 2009 in (i) the London Borough of Sutton and (ii) nationwide; and if she will make a statement. (266441)

The percentage change in business rates for (a) small and (b) medium-sized and large firms which will take effect in April 2009 in (i) the London borough of Sutton and (ii) England are the same. I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) on 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 750W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will adjust the small business rate multiplier for 2009-10 to ensure that it is not increased above the rate of inflation. (267783)

The small business rate multiplier for forthcoming financial years is capped by the retail price index for September of the financial year preceding.