§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage and number of Welsh mixed hereditament businesses will benefit as a result of the initial review of the community charge.
§ Mr. David Hunt
Following our initial review of the community charge and the associated consultation document entitled "The Standard Community Charge and other matters", a number of changes affecting composite hereditaments were brought into force by means of the Non-Domestic Rating (Transitional Period) (Amendment and Further Revision) Regulations 1990 (SI 1990/2329). This amended the transitional arrangements for non-domestic rates to reduce the maximum annual increase in rate bills from 15 to 10 per cent. in real terms for composite hereditaments with rateable values below £10,000 The chief valuer estimates that between 85 and 90 per cent. of mixed hereditaments in Wales will benefit.