HC Deb 17 December 1996 vol 287 c540W
17. Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what assessment he has made of the impact on rural East Anglia of proposals to reduce business rates for village shops. [7867]

Mr. Curry

We consulted widely on our proposals for a village shop rate relief scheme; local authorities in East Anglia welcomed the proposals as a positive measure to help rural communities in the region.