§ Mr. Randall
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many businesses paid uniform business rates in the Uxbridge constituency in each of the last five years. 
§ Dr. Whitehead
The information requested is collected only at local authority level, so figures for the Uxbridge constituency are not available. Information for the London borough of Hillingdon, covering the Uxbridge constituency, is given in the table:
Number of hereditaments as at 31 December1 1997 7,236 1998 7,269 1999 7,202 2000 7,274 2001 7,418 1 The number of hereditaments for the years 1997 to 2000 are taken from the National Non-Domestic Rates Provisional Contribution to the Pool Return. The number of hereditaments for 2001 is based on information provided by the Valuation Office Agency. In addition to businesses, these include properties that are liable to non-domestic rates, such as schools and advertising hoardings.