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Valuation Office Agency

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 1680W to the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham (Mr. Hands), on the Valuation Office Agency, what property attributes are used within the multiple regression models. (94609)

The following property attributes are considered for multiple regression analysis:

Area (i.e. size)

Property Group (i.e. architectural style)

Property Type

Age

Number of Garage spaces

Number of Parking spaces

Additional Bathrooms (over one)

Purpose Built Flat indicator (flats and maisonettes only)

Converted Flat indicator (flats and maisonettes only)

‘No Lift’ indicator (flats and maisonettes only)

End Terraced or Cluster House indicator (houses only)

Terraced, End Terraced and Cluster Bungalow indicator (bungalows only)

Floor Level (flats and maisonettes only)

Maisonette indicator

Ratio of Plot Size to Area (houses and bungalows only)

Subsidised Dwelling Indicator (Z_ code)

Multiple regression analysis uses sale prices combined with property attribute data to establish which of these aspects are significant in explaining variance in sale price in a given valuation area and what contributory effect each attribute has.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment the Government has made of whether the Valuation Office Agency council tax database holds sensitive personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998. (94851)

The Valuation Office Agency’s (VGA’s) database of property attribute codes does not contain any sensitive personal data as defined by s2 of the Data Protection Act 1998.