HC Deb 30 November 1987 vol 123 cc417-8W
Mr. Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how the introduction of the community charge and unified business rate will affect owner-occupiers of commercially rated properties such as small hotels and guest houses.

Mr. Howard

Those for whom a hotel is their main residence will be liable for a community charge and eligible for rebates in the usual way. Hotels and guest houses which are not predominantly used as main residences will be subject to non-domestic rates like other business premises. Where a part of a hotel is used as a main residence, non-domestic rates will be payable only in respect of the remaining part.

Dr. Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in theOfficial Report figures on the scale of inter-regional transfers through resource equalisation mechanisms for all years 1980–81 to 1987–88, on the same basis as figure 12 on page 31 of Cmnd. 9714.

Mr. Ridley

[holding answer 17 November 1987]: The information requested is as follows:

energy surveys of all the main Defence sites. These are identifying opportunities for improving energy efficiency including lighting installations. On the Government's Civil Estate a recently formed panel of departmental energy managers is considering to what extent energy surveys would be worthwhile for the Civil Estate.