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Valuation Office Agency

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Hands), of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 1680W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the logarithmic variable formula is. (94608)

The term “logarithmic variable formula” is not used within the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). The formula referred to in the previous answer is the basic structure of the formulae used in all log linear regression modelling within the VOA's automated valuation model (AVM).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2006, Official Report, column 367W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the cost was to public funds of purchasing the ACORN data from CACI Information Solutions; and for what purposes it was purchased. (94752)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) on 12 October 2006, Official Report, column 881W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the council tax revaluation in England is classified as a mission critical programme by the Valuation Office Agency. (94760)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Multiple Regression Analysis used by the Valuation Office Agency for council tax valuations has neighbourhood adjustment factors. (94806)

Multiple regression analysis is undertaken by the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA's) automated valuation model (AVM). Locality adjustment factors are used when calibrating the AVM.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government why the Valuation Office Agency decided not to create a banding engine for the English council tax revaluation. (94807)

A banding engine was not created within the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA's) automated valuation model (AVM) as, at the time the model was being developed, the banding scheme had not been determined.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the recent letter sent to local authority chief executives from the Valuation Office Agency on providing property information for council tax and business rates valuations. (94810)

The letter referred to was from the chief executive of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to his counterparts in each local authority, seeking their support for the implementation of a number of partnership working initiatives, aimed at improving the service provided by the VOA to each local authority and in turn by them to their ratepayers and council taxpayers. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library of the House as requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether neighbourhood is one of the variables in the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model's multiple regression formula. (95884)