HC Deb 17 June 1997 vol 296 cc148-9W
Mr. Cotter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to reform business rates, to reduce the burden on small businesses. [3957]

Mr. Raynsford

We are aware of the concerns of small businesses regarding non-domestic rates and will take them into account as we develop our policies. We will consult widely before making any changes to the system.