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Rating Assessments

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of appeals by ratepayers in Wales to local valuation courts for reductions of their rating assessments, during the years 1975, 1976 and 1977, respectively, were successful.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he is considering for improvement in the present system of appeal against rating assessments in Wales by enabling aggrieved ratepayers to have speedier and cheaper access to the Lands Tribunal, or, preferably, a Welsh division thereof, wherever possible by way of written submissions, and, if necessary, abolishing local valuation courts.

I have no reason to believe that the present system of appeals against rating assessments needs changing and my right hon. and learned Friend has no plans to abolish local valuation courts in Wales. Aggrieved ratepayers already have reasonable access, in terms of time and cost, to the Lands Tribunal which is empowered to hear cases based on written submission.