Members of the Lords, including the director of D. Byford farm and president of Young Leicestershire, a trustee of the National Association of Stable Staff and a vice-president of the Local Government Association, discussed the key principles and purpose of the Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill during second reading, on Tuesday 24 July.
Members discussed the exemption from business rates for nursery grounds solely consisting of buildings and the definition of 'nursery grounds'.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, responded on behalf of the government.
Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.
Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill summary
This bill will provide for buildings which are part of a plant nursery ground to be exempt from non-domestic rates, so long as they are used solely for agricultural activities.