Rateable Values (Assessment)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr Peter Bessell Mr Peter Bessell , Bodmin 12:00 am, 24th November 1964

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he will take steps to issue an instruction to local authorities that physical inspection of hereditanients shall be required before rateable values are determined.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

No, Sir. Local authorities are not responsible for assessing property for rates.

Photo of Mr Peter Bessell Mr Peter Bessell , Bodmin

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply. Would he consider issuing a directive to superintendent valuers instructing them to give information as to how valuation risks were arrived at through local authorities or ratepayers' associations in those areas where large numbers of successful appeals indicate a considerable measure of error?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

Responsibility for the control or valuation belongs to my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.