§ 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. 
§ 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.