§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many appeals have been made against the business rate revaluation of 1 April 1990; how many are still outstanding nationally, regionally and by valuation office; and when this process is expected to be completed.
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
A total of 1,231,145 proposals to alter the 1990 rating lists had been received in England by 31 December 1994, of which 295,222 were outstanding. I am placing in the Library a table which breaks these totals down by valuation office region and office.
We expect that the vast majority of proposals received by the end of March 1995 will be cleared by the end of 1995–96. Proposals will continue to be made up to 31 March 1996, and the remainder will therefore be settled as early as possible thereafter.