Rateable Valuations (Central Heating Installations)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st April 1970.

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Photo of Mr John Page Mr John Page , Harrow West 12:00 am, 21st April 1970

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now take steps to provide that central heating systems should be treated by valuation officers in assessing the rateable value of properties in the same way as fireplaces.

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

The same principle, namely the effect of the installation on rental value, already applies in both cases.

Photo of Mr John Page Mr John Page , Harrow West

Since different types of flooring and electrical lighting are not taken into consideration, why should different types of heating be taken into consideration? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a lot of people are very angry about this?

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

What is taken into consideration, and what always has been taken into consideration, is everything that affects the rental value of the house. That has always been the case and it continues to be the case.

Photo of Mr Edwin Brooks Mr Edwin Brooks , Bebington

Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that there is, in the North-West at least, a great shortage of smokeless fuel with a real danger that smokeless zones will not be implemented? Is it not quite wrong that at a time like this we should be fining a householder who installs central heating?

Photo of Mr Jack Diamond Mr Jack Diamond , Gloucester

There is no question of fining a householder. My hon. Friend will recognise that if he is in the market for a house and is offered two identical houses, one with central heating and the other without, he will be prepared to pay more for the one with central heating.