1 Baroness Rebuck debates involving the Northern Ireland Office

Business Rates Hardship Fund

Baroness Rebuck Excerpts
Wednesday 19th July 2017

(6 years, 12 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Baroness Rebuck Portrait Baroness Rebuck (Lab)
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My Lords, would the Minister comment on the cultural consequences of the 275 towns that will lose their bookshops—sometimes their only bookshop?

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Portrait Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
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My Lords, the discretionary relief scheme is just that: it is discretionary for local authorities to come up with their own criteria. We want them to be innovative. I have great personal sympathy with the point that the noble Baroness made. I am a great user of independent bookshops. One can think of many areas where bookshops are vital to a town, but that is something for the local authority to respond to. They can do that by being creative within their own scheme.