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Taxation Of Show-Homes

EDM number 266 in 1996-97, proposed by Elizabeth Peacock on 27/11/1996.

That this House notes that the new housing market is a vital sector of the British economy and that housebuilders are currently providing a wide range of products as prices which are extremely competitive; further notes that the price of buying a home is the largest single cost that most families will ever incur; notes that show-homes are an essential element of the marketing activities undertaken by housebuilders; believes that show-houses should be considered to be the demonstration stock of the industry or as unoccupied residential property; regrets the recent Rating Tribunal decision which has led to many local authorities deciding to tax such properties as business premises which are thus liable for the uniform business rate: notes that this decision saddles the emerging housing market with additional costs of some ú5 million per annum: and invites Her Majesty's Government to bring forward proposals to reverse this unfair decision.

This motion has been signed by a total of 6 MPs.

Elizabeth Peacock27/11/1996Batley & SpenProposed
Liz Lynne27/11/1996RochdaleSigned
Nicholas Winterton27/11/1996MacclesfieldSigned
Roy Beggs28/11/1996East AntrimSigned
Ann Winterton28/11/1996CongletonSigned
Nigel Jones10/12/1996CheltenhamSigned

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