§ Mr. Gordon Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will set out the basis of his calculations of the distributable amount of non-domestic rates for 1999–2000. 
§ Ms Armstrong
The distributable amount of non-domestic rates in England for 1999–2000 will be £13,612 million. This is based on a non-domestic rate poundage (multiplier) of 48.9p and includes an allowance of £310 million for an Exchequer payment to the non-domestic rates pool, to compensate for the shortfall which would otherwise occur as a result of the regulations under section 58 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to phase in the effects of the 1995 revaluation on rate bills.
The calculation for 1999–2000, and the prior-year figures on which this is based, are set out in the table: 51W
National non-domestic rates—calculation of distributable amount 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 Final outturn Provisional outturn Provisional outturn Estimated in-year contribution Total adjustments -370 -210 -546 -619 Net Local Yield 10,659 11,169 10,869 10,905 2.Income from Central List Net Central List Yield 1,221 1,207 1,265 1,303 3. Income from Crown Contributions in Aid Net Crown Yield 487 469 445 460 Total NDR Yield 12,366 12,846 12,579 12,668 4. Exchequer Contributions Total Exchequer contributions 429 400 360 310 Total NNDR pool payments (1+2+3+4) 12,795 13,246 12,939 12,978 5. Adjustments Surplus brought forward -1,059 ,1,000 218 634 Combined total 11,736 12,245 13,157 13,612 Distributable amount 12,736 12,027 12,524 13,612 Surplus carried forward -1,000 218 634 0
The amounts shown are those recorded in the post end-year (NNDR3) returns. For 1998–99 the amounts shown are the estimated outturn for the year based mainly upon authorities' provisional contributions to the non-domestic rating pool.
1. Item 1: The gross calculated rate yield represents the total value of non-domestic hereditaments on local rating lists times the multiplier.
2. Item 1(i)(a): The Transitional decrease adjustment includes the estimated amount of rates that will not be recouped from local list ratepayers under the transitional arrangements made by regulations under section 58 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.
3. Item 1(i)(b): The empty property relief adjustments include voids and partially occupied hereditaments. The 1999–2000 figure includes an allowance for the increase in the gross rates yield.
4. Item 1(i)(c): Charitable rate relief. Figures for 1998–99 onwards include mandatory relief for village shops under the Local Government and Rating Act 1997. The 1999–2000 figure includes an allowance for the increase in the gross rates yield.
5. Item 1(i)(d): Discretionary relief granted to charities, non-profit making organisations and for other reasons including, for 1998–99 onwards, discretionary relief for village shops under the Local Government and Rating Act 1997. The 1999–2000 figure includes an allowance for the increase in the gross rates yield.
6. Item 1(ii)(a) and (b): The allowances for the costs and losses incurred by authorities in collecting non-domestic rates from ratepayers.
7. Item 1 (ii)(c): City Offset—the amount which the City of London will not be required to pay into the non-domestic rating pool. It is the amount which will be retained by the City to meet its own expenditure.
8. Item 1 (iii): net adjustment in respect of appeals and other amendments to the rating list affecting liability for previous years rates settled in that year.
9. Item 2: the rateable value of non-domestic hereditaments on the central rating list times the multiplier, less the net effect of transitional arrangements, and adjusted for appeals and other changes in respect of previous years.
10. Item 3: the 1999–2000 figure for Crown properties includes an allowance for the effect of transitional arrangements.
11. Item 4: the contribution from central government to offset the amount of the Secretary of State's estimate of income forgone as a result of transitional arrangements established by regulations under section 58 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.