DCLG – BUSINESS RATES FOR HOSPITALS – 16 January 2017

Dr Julian Lewis: Does the new system allow local authorities any discretion with regard to business rates levied on hospitals that, like Southampton general hospital, face a rather large increase in business rates following a revaluation?

[The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Sajid Javid): I can tell my right hon. Friend that the new system does allow some discretion to councils, but I do not think it will apply to hospitals. It will apply to businesses, and only in one direction, but as he has made the point, I will take a further look.]