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Valuation Office Agency: Surveillance

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance the Office of the Surveillance Commissioner has provided to the Valuation Office Agency on the practice of inspections and surveillance for valuation purposes. (141809)

The Office of Surveillance Commissioners has not given the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) any advice or guidance, nor been asked to, in relation to conduct undertaken by the agency for the purpose of valuing properties for council tax. The Agency does not carry out surveillance of individuals and does not operate covertly, and its officers always identify themselves as VOA officers when carrying out their duties.