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Ports: Non-domestic Rates

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions the Secretary of State has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effect on businesses in and around ports of changes to port rating. (282111)

Following representations received on behalf of businesses in ports, my predecessor, the hon. Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick), held discussions earlier this year with the Minister for Local Government, and with representatives of the ports. Department for Transport officials have discussed the matter with Department for Communities and Local Government officials.