§ Mr. Heddle
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will publish in theOfficial Report a list of all types of hereditament which will be exempt from unoccupied property rating after 1 April 1990; and when he anticipates making regulations to bring these exemptions into effect;
(2) what proposals he has to exempt occupiers of empty industrial premises from payment of the national non-domestic rate after April 1990.
§ Mr. Gummer
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment intends to consult shortly on draft regulations, to be made in final form in the autumn, to replicate from 1 April 1990 the exemption from unoccupied property rating of those hereditaments which are currently exempt from such rates under paragraph 2(a) to (d) of schedule 1 to the General Rate Act 1967, the Rating (Exemption of Unoccupied Industrial and Storage Hereditaments) Regulations 1985 (SI No. 258) and the Rating (Exemption of Unoccupied Property) Regulations 1967 (SI No. 954).