Valuation Office

Treasury written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether tax officials from HM Revenue and Customs have legal rights of access to the property database provided by Rightmove for the Valuation Office Agency.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Paymaster General (HM Treasury)

The contract giving access to Rightmove's database of property records (i.e. records that had previously appeared on the rightmove.co.uk website) is between Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and Rightmove.co.uk plc—the sharing or use of data is subject to the provisions of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005. Tax officials have not therefore had access to the Rightmove property data.

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