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Council Tax: Valuation

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 315W to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, on the Valuation Office, if she will list the mechanisms by which the Agency gathers and obtains information on whether a property has an outbuilding; (124363)

(2) pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2007, Official Report, column 1327W to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the photographs of properties which are provided by Rightmove include internal photographs of the property;

(3) pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 315W to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, on the Valuation Office, what the Valuation Office Agency’s definition is of a bathroom; and whether a room with a shower but not a bath is classified as a bathroom;

(4) whether (a) solar panels and (b) a small wind turbine would be considered by the Valuation Office Agency when assessing the capital value of a domestic dwelling for a council tax valuation or revaluation;

(5) whether the Valuation Office Agency collates information on whether domestic dwellings have (a) double glazing, (b) solar panels and (c) wind turbines.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 28 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1596-97W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1731W to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, on the Valuation Office Agency, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency’s guidance manual for staff on using the Market Comparable Reporting Tool. (124365)

“Market Comparable Reporting Tool” is the name given by Rightmove.co.uk to its archive database, to which the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has web-based access under the terms of a contract between Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and Rightmove.co.uk plc. Guidance on the use of the bespoke website was contained in Instructions and Advice issued to VOA staff on 18 July 2005. This document was placed in the House of Commons Library pursuant to a question from the hon. Member answered on 26 October 2005, Official Report, column 447W and is available on the VOA website.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency has valued for council tax banding purposes the residential development of 68 apartments and houses on the land at the former Renny Lodge hospital, London road, Newport Pagnell. (124412)

I understand a number of developments are taking place on this site. Council tax bandings are entered in the council tax valuation list as and when the dwellings are completed and occupied. One of the developments on this site by Crest Nicholson, which I understand comprises 68 apartments, is not yet ready and has not yet been banded.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1327-28W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the information on properties by Rightmove includes information on the number of (a) bathrooms, (b) bedrooms and (c) parking spaces as part of the property. (124656)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 28 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1596-97W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) titles and (b) dates of publication were of the council tax instruction and advice notes and associated documents issued by the Valuation Office Agency to assist staff between January 2002 and December 2004. (127043)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 28 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1596-97W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons are for the difference between the number of domestic dwellings on council tax valuation lists and the number of households according to the 2001 census. (127055)

The census is a snapshot in time of household numbers. Council tax valuation lists show numbers of dwellings and are constantly changing to reflect new entries and deletions.