HC Deb 15 February 1996 vol 271 c661W
Mr. Pike

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the rules regarding payment of non-domestic rates by businesses being run while in receivership; and if he will make a statement. [14997]

Sir Paul Beresford

In general, any non-domestic property which is in beneficial occupation is liable to a non-domestic rate. However, a number of recent court cases have cast doubt over the ability of local authorities to recover rates where a receiver or administrative receiver has been appointed.

We believe that companies which continue trading while in receivership should also continue to pay their on-going liability for rates. We are considering possible measures to make it easier for local authorities to ensure that this is done. We will issue a consultation paper later this year.