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Valuation and Lands Agency

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for how long the Valuation and Lands Agency has used pictometry techniques for valuations of domestic property. (128638)

The Valuation and Lands Agency has never used pictometry techniques for valuations of domestic property.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which councils in Northern Ireland are willing to engage in the Valuation and Land Agency or Land and Property Services Agency's building control project. (128632)

To date Belfast city council is the only council currently engaged in the Valuation and Lands Agency/Land and Property Services Agency's Building control project.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advice the Valuation and Land Agency or Land and Property Services Agency has sought from (a) the Information Commission and (b) legal experts on the use of oblique aerial photography for valuation purposes. (128633)

Valuation and Lands Agency/Land and Property Services Agency has not sought advice from (a) the Information Commissioner and (b) has had preliminary discussions with legal advisers on the use of oblique aerial photographs for valuation purposes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information Belfast city council is providing to the Valuation and Lands Agency or Land and Property Services Agency as part of the building control project; and whether this includes the provision of photographs. (128634)

As part of the building control project, Belfast city council provides the Valuation and Lands Agency/Land and Property Services with full survey details on new and altered properties. This generally includes a digital photograph of the front elevation of the property.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what use the (a) Valuation and Lands Agency and (b) Land and Property Services Agency is (i) making and (ii) planning to make of fee code segmentation data to determine value significance. (128640)

The Valuation and Lands Agency/Land and Property Services Agency are (i) not currently making use of fee code segmentation data to determine value significant alterations to properties for rating purposes, but (ii) may consider the use of these data in the future.