Andrew Bingham (High Peak) (Con): Does my hon. Friend agree that this means that a small business will work more in tune with its local authority because it can talk about the business rates, and both sides—the local authority and the business—can get a better understanding of how each other works? It also gives the local authority freedom to play around with business rates to encourage more business. We get a better dialogue, which in rural areas like mine is really important for employment.

David Mackintosh (Northampton South) (Con): I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his intervention, and I agree.

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