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Non-domestic Rates: Ports

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many port businesses were physically inspected when the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) began to rate port businesses separately; how many were notified that they were being assessed; and from where the VOA derived the information to make its assessments. (322227)

Since May 2006, the Valuation Office Agency has inspected over 800 properties (hereditaments) within 55 ports in England and Wales as part of the ports review.

Information was collected from the statutory port operators, ratepayers and through physical inspection of the property. In cases where the information supported separate assessment, the ratepayer was served a notice informing them of the assessment.