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House of Commons Hansard
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Non-Domestic Rates: Ports
23 March 2010
Volume 508

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any businesses in ports have informed (a) his Department and (b) the Insolvency Service that they have gone into liquidation as a consequence of their payments of backdated business rates in the last six months. [323045]

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The Department has had no contact on this issue.

There is insufficient detailed information held centrally by the Insolvency Service, and in a readily available format, to provide an answer to this question. This is because:

businesses in ports is not a standard industry classification and therefore is not recorded;

addresses are not available to then be able to count companies giving a port as part of their address;

causes of failure of companies in liquidation are not recorded centrally.