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Valuation Tribunals

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 26 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what response was received to the consultation paper on the appointment of members of valuation tribunals in the light of local government reorganisation in parts of England in April 1998. [18126]

The list of responses received has been placed in the Library of the House: copies of individual responses may be obtained through my Department's library. Regulations will be introduced shortly to give effect to the following measures:

(i) That, with effect from 1 April 1998, the appointing bodies for the Valuation Tribunals listed in column 1 below be those authorities listed in column 2 below, who will be entitled to appoint members in the proportion given in column 3—the membership, revised in some cases, being that shown in column 4.
column 1 Namecolumn 2 Appointing bodiescolumn 3 Proportioncolumn 4 Complement
BerkshireNewbury (W Berkshire) DC230
Reading BC2
Slough BC2
Windsor and Maidenhead BC2
Bracknell Forest BC1
Wokingham DC1
CambridgeshireCambridgeshire CC348
Peterborough City Council1
CheshireCheshire CC760
Warrington BC2
Halton BC1
DevonDevon CC542
Plymouth City Council1
Torbay BC1
Essex SouthEssex CC930
Southend on Sea BC4
Thurrock BC2
HerefordshireWorcestershire CC332
andCounty of Herefordshire1
WorcestershireDC
KentKent CC845
The Medway Town DC1
LancashireLancashire CC15100
Blackpool BC3
Blackburn with Darwen BC2
NottinghamshireNottinghamshire CC254
Nottingham City Council1
ShropshireShropshire CC336
The Wrekin DC1

(ii) Existing members should continue to hold office until their term of office expires.
(iii) Vacancies should be filled as they arise (whether through retirement of members or an increase in complement) by the new appointing authorities, until their entitlement is reached. All subsequent vacancies would be filled by the authority who appointed the departing member.

Earlier regulations provide that, where the appointing body by which a member was appointed has ceased to exist, it will fall to the President of the Tribunal to give notice of termination of office, if so directed by the Secretary of State.