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Diplomatic Missions

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

The majority of diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom pay the national non-domestic rates requested from them. They are obliged to pay only 6 per cent. of the total national non-domestic rates value which represents payment for specific services such as street cleaning, lighting, maintenance and fire services. The total amount outstanding from all diplomatic missions is approximately £634,205. As at 6 May 2009, missions listed below owed over £10,000 in respect of NNDR.

Since a letter about outstanding NNDR bills was sent to missions on 25 March, £154,402 has been repaid. Many missions have cleared their bills and some others have entered into arrangements to pay by instalments.

Country

Amount

Zimbabwe

£79,883.28

Bangladesh

£77,127.64

Côte d'lvoire

£72,095.74

Cameroon

£55,200.38

Tunisia

£22,648.39

Ukraine

£22,178.20

Equatorial Guinea

£12,290.37

Iraq

£12,537.13

Total

£353,961.13