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Valuation Office Agency

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the project topic was of the Gateway Review undertaken for the Valuation Office Agency in October 2005. (142366)

This was a Gate 4 review of the Valuations Project, which formed part of the programme of projects in place to implement the council tax revaluation in England in 2007, which was postponed on 20 September 2005. The review was a pre-planned independent audit of the soundness of the work done up to that point, and the project was awarded ‘Green status’ to signal that the project was ready for implantation.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2134W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), whether the VOA carbon off-set foreign visits made by their staff; and at what cost for visits made in the last 12 months. (142402)

As part of the Government estate, and to meet the sustainable operational targets, the VOA has recently committed to offset it’s carbon dioxide emissions through the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund (GCOF). DEFRA advised, on the 18 May 2007, that the total cost to offset its emissions for 2006-07 financial year is £822.53 (for 83tCO2 emitted). This total includes domestic and international flights.