To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is the amount of the business rate carried forward from the 1999–2000 to the 2000–01 local government settlement. 
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
The basis for the calculation of the distributable amount of non-domestic rates for 2000–01 is set out in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, South (Mr. Marsden) on 9 December 1999,Official Report, column 604W. In arriving at the distributable amount we have estimated that there will be a cumulative surplus of £1,058 million from the pooling of non-domestic rates and redistribution to Local Authorities in England.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much was collected in business rates from businesses in(a) Gloucestershire, (b) Tewkesbury and (c) Cheltenham in the last three years for which figures are available; and how much he expects will be collected in 1999–2000 and 2000–01.
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
The amount of business rates collected by each shire district in Gloucestershire for the last three years is shown in the table, together with the estimated net yield for 1999–2000. Information for 2000–01 is not yet available.74W
£000 Business rate receipts1 for 1996–97 Business rate receipts for 1997–98 Business rate receipts for 1998–99 Net yield for 1999–20002 Cheltenham 27,196 27,123 28,686 27,776 Cotswold 11,189 12,132 12,947 12,657 Forest of Dean 7,330 7,403 7,730 7,723 Gloucester 26,621 28,772 30,061 28,861 Stroud 12,848 13,373 14,683 14,631 Tewkesbury 11,147 11,876 12,462 12,229 1 All business rate receipts are in respect of the year shown. 2 The figure represents the gross yield reduced for mandatory relief, discretionary relief and transitional relief, but does not take into account any allowances for losses in collection and cost of collection. It was estimated just prior to the start of the financial year forming the provisional contribution made by the authorities to the business pool rate.