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Valuation Office

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the role of the Valuation Office Agency in Liverpool. [114195]

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is an executive agency of the Inland Revenue with 85 offices spread throughout England, Wales and Scotland. This network of offices is arranged into 23 Groups and 9 District Valuers for different areas of work.The Liverpool Group has three offices located in Liverpool, Chester and Crewe and is headed by a Group Valuation Officer. The GVO is statutorily responsible for compiling and maintaining the business rating and council tax valuation lists for the 13 local authorities covered by his group.Additionally these three locations form part of the North West District Valuer Services. The District Valuer provides a comprehensive range of specialised property services to central Government and public bodies such as valuing property for the purposes of taxes administered by the Inland Revenue.It may be helpful for me to advise you that the VGA's website address is www.voa.gov.uk. on which there is further information about the VOA.