HC Deb 01 February 2000 vol 343 c580W
Miss McIntosh

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what legal advice he has received on reducing VAT on repairs to historic buildings. [107926]

Dawn Primarolo

EC law does not permit a reduced rate of VAT for repairs to historic buildings. A recent Directive made provision for a short term experimental reduced rate for renovation and repairs of private housing, which could therefore cover some historic buildings.

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