HC Deb 28 February 2001 vol 363 c675W
Mr. Blizzard

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to review the system of business rates. [151279]

Ms Beverley Hughes

In September we published our Green Paper "Modernising Local Government Finance". It detailed a number of proposals relating to business rates including a supplementary local rate and rate relief for small businesses. The consultation period ended on 8 December. We are now considering the many responses we have received. We will publish our conclusions in a White Paper later this year.