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Empty Shops

EDM number 60 in 2010-12, proposed by Bob Russell on 25/05/2010.
Categorised under the topic of Service industries.

That this House notes with grave concern the increase in the number of empty shops in traditional town and neighbourhood centres; calls on the Government as a matter of urgency to consider a range of options to halt further closures and assist in the restoration to retail use of closed premises; specifically urges that value added tax for refurbishment works on retail premises should be reduced from 15 per cent. to five per cent., that business rates for retail premises should be frozen and that upward rent review clauses which automatically allow rents to rise should be scrapped; and further urges that planning, financial and parking policies which discriminate in favour of out-of-town shopping centres should be reviewed so that there is a level playing field with traditional town centres and neighbourhood shopping centres.

This motion has been signed by a total of 21 MPs.

Bob Russell25/05/2010ColchesterLiberal DemocratProposed
Andrew George25/05/2010St IvesLiberal DemocratSeconded
Adrian Sanders26/05/2010TorbayLiberal DemocratSeconded
David Simpson26/05/2010Upper BannDUPSeconded
Mike Hancock26/05/2010Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSeconded
Jonathan Edwards26/05/2010Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSeconded
Hywel Williams26/05/2010ArfonPlaid CymruSigned
Stephen Williams26/05/2010Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Lloyd26/05/2010EastbourneLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Williams27/05/2010CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Meale02/06/2010MansfieldLabourSigned
John Leech02/06/2010Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Campbell02/06/2010TynemouthLabourSigned
John Pugh07/06/2010SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
William McCrea08/06/2010South AntrimDUPSigned
Ian Paisley Jnr10/06/2010North AntrimDUPSigned
Tom Watson10/06/2010West Bromwich EastLabourSigned
John Hemming10/06/2010Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Dobbin14/06/2010Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
David Crausby29/06/2010Bolton North EastLabourSigned
John McDonnell30/06/2010Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned

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