HC Deb 24 October 1984 vol 65 c628W
Mr. McQuarrie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislation to compel local authorities in Scotland to consult representatives of small businesses prior to fixing a rate.

Mr. Ancram

Local authorities are already required by section 4 of the Rating and Valuation (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 1984 to consult bodies representative of non-domestic ratepayers prior to determining a rate. Further guidance is given in the code of practice issued by my Department on 4 July 1984. It would not be appropriate to decide centrally what particular bodies might or might not be representative of local small businesses in each authority's area, but I would expect the consultation process to include some representation from the small business sector.

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