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Elderly Persons Housing (Rating Assessments)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has given to rating and valuation officers to ensure that the development in the private sector of purpose-built flatlet houses for the elderly is not discouraged by assessing them for rating purposes in comparison with local authority homes.

My right hon. Friend will be aware that the valuation officer is required by law to arrive at rating assessments in accordance with the relevant statutory provisions. It would not be appropriate for me to give him guidance as to how he should carry out these duties.