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Non-Domestic Rating Act 1992

1992 CHAPTER 46

An Act to make further provision with respect to non-domestic rating for the period beginning with 11th March 1992 and ending with 31st March 1995; and for connected purposes.

[18th June 1992]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Non-domestic rating: transitional charging

1Defined hereditaments

In Schedule 7A (non-domestic rating: 1990 to 1995) to the [1988 c. 41.] Local Government Finance Act 1988 (“the 1988 Act”), paragraph 2 (definitions) shall have effect in relation to transitional days falling after 10th March 1992 as if—

(a)in sub-paragraph (5), for the words from “who is” to the end there were substituted the words “who was a qualifying person in relation to the hereditament as regards 10 March 1992 was also a person to whom sub-paragraph (6) or (7) below applied”; and

(b)in sub-paragraphs (6) and (7), for the words “the transitional day” there were substituted the words “10 March 1992”.

2Increasing non-domestic rates

(1)In Schedule 7A to the 1988 Act, paragraph 5 (the appropriate fraction) shall have effect as if after sub-paragraph (2) there were inserted the following sub-paragraph—

(2A)X shall be found in accordance with sub-paragraphs (3) and (4) below, except that X is 100 for the financial year beginning in 1992.

(2)Regulation 2 of the [S.I. 1990/2329.] Non-Domestic Rating (Transitional Period) (Amendment and Further Provision) Regulations 1990 (small composite hereditaments) shall have effect as if in paragraph (3) for the words “X is 110” there were substituted the words X is—

(a)100 if the day falls within the financial year beginning in 1992, and

(b)110 if the day falls within any other financial year.

(3)The formula in each of the following, namely—

(a)article 9 of the [S.I. 1989/2471.] British Gas plc (Rateable Values) Order 1989;

(b)article 9(3) of the [S.I. 1989/2475.] Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) Order 1989;

(c)article 12(3) of the [S.I. 1989/2477.] Railways (Rateable Values) Order 1989; and

(d)article 9(3) of the [S.I. 1989/2479.] Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) Order 1989,

shall have effect in relation to the financial year beginning in 1992 as if for the figure “1.2” there were substituted the figure “1”.

3Decreasing non-domestic rates

(1)Article 2 of the [S.I. 1989/2476.] Non-Domestic Rating (Transitional Period) (Appropriate Fraction) Order 1989 (appropriate fraction) shall have effect as if for paragraph (4A) there were substituted the following paragraph—

(4A)As regards the relevant year beginning in 1992, X is 78 if the hereditament is within paragraph (3)(a) or (b) and 73 if it is within paragraph (4)(a) or (b).; and no order shall be made under paragraph 5(8) of Schedule 7A to the 1988 Act (appropriate fraction) after the commencement of this section.

(2)In each of the following, namely—

(a)the Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) Order 1989; and

(b)the Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) Order 1989,

article 11(4) shall have effect in relation to the financial year beginning in 1992 as if for the words from “0.81” to the end there were substituted the words “0.78 for any class of hereditament entered in the central rating list for England or the central rating list for Wales”.

(3)In Schedule 7A to the 1988 Act, paragraphs 5(7) to (9) and 8 (transitional arrangements) shall not have effect in relation to the financial years beginning in 1993 and 1994; and in each of the following, namely—

(a)the Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) Order 1989; and

(b)the Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) Order 1989,

article 11 and, so far as relating to any class of hereditaments to which article 11 applies, article 12 shall have effect as if any reference to an intermediate year were a reference to the financial year beginning in 1992.

Non-domestic rating: transitional pooling

4The distributable amount

(1)In Schedule 8 to the 1988 Act (non-domestic rating: pooling), paragraph 9 (distributable amount) shall have effect in relation to the financial years beginning in 1993 and 1994 as if—

(a)in sub-paragraph (1)(a), after the word “year” there were inserted the words “otherwise than under paragraph 2(1)(d) above”; and

(b)after sub-paragraph (3) there were inserted the following sub-paragraphs—

(3A)The Secretary of State shall also—

(a)estimate the amount by which, if the Non-Domestic Rating Act 1992 had not been enacted, the amount calculated under sub-paragraph (3) above would have been greater than it is; and

(b)add to the amount calculated under that sub-paragraph such amount as (having regard to that estimate) he considers appropriate.

(3B)In making any estimate under sub-paragraph (3A) above the Secretary of State may make such assumptions as he thinks fit.

(2)The reference in sub-paragraph (4) of that paragraph to the amount arrived at under that paragraph shall be construed, in relation to those financial years, as a reference to the amount arrived at under sub-paragraph (3) read with sub-paragraph (3A) of that paragraph.

5Non-domestic rating accounts and contributions

(1)In Schedule 8 to the 1988 Act, paragraph 2(1) (credits to non-domestic rating accounts) shall have effect in relation to the financial years beginning in 1993 and 1994 as if—

(a)the word “and” immediately following paragraph (b) were omitted; and

(b)after paragraph (c) there were inserted the words and

(d)the amount added by him under sub-paragraph (3A) of paragraph 9 below to the amount calculated by him for the year under sub-paragraph (3) of that paragraph.

(2)Paragraph 6(6) (non-domestic rating contributions) of that Schedule shall have effect in relation to the financial years beginning in 1992, 1993 and 1994 as if for paragraph (a) there were substituted the following paragraph—

(a)provision as to the recalculation of the provisional amount, including provision—

(i)as to the procedure to be adopted for recalculation if the prescribed conditions are fulfilled;

(ii)as to the information on which any recalculation is to be based;

(iii)prescribing assumptions subject to which that information is to be read;.

Supplemental

6Financial provisions

There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable out of money so provided under the 1988 Act.

7Subordinate legislation

Regulations or orders may be made under any provision of the 1988 Act for the purposes of giving effect to, or in consequence of, any provision of this Act; and any such regulations or orders (including in particular regulations under paragraph 4 of Schedule 8 to that Act) may have retrospective effect.

8Effect of certain modifications

(1)Any provision of this Act that an enactment shall have effect with modifications shall be taken, if the context so requires, to include provision that the enactment shall be deemed always to have had effect with those modifications.

(2)Where at any time before the commencement of section 1, 2 or 3 above a person’s right to pay any non-domestic rates by instalments has been forfeited in pursuance of—

(a)regulation 8 (failure to pay instalments) of the [S.I. 1989/1058.] Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) Regulations 1989; or

(b)regulation 8 (failure to pay instalments) of the [S.I. 1989/2260.] Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Central Lists) Regulations 1989,

nothing in that section as read with subsection (1) above shall be taken as reviving that right.

9Interpretation

In this Act—

  • “the 1988 Act” means the [1988 c. 41.] Local Government Finance Act 1988;

  • “enactment” includes an enactment comprised in any regulations or order made under the 1988 Act;

  • “financial year” has the same meaning as in that Act;

  • “transitional day” has the same meaning as in Schedule 7A to that Act.

10Short title, commencement and extent

(1)This Act may be cited as the Non-Domestic Rating Act 1992.

(2)This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint; and different days may be appointed for different provisions or for different purposes.

(3)This Act extends to England and Wales only.

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