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Valuation Office Agency

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many laser pens and laser measuring devices the Valuation Office Agency has purchased in the last 36 months; and what the cost has been. (143644)

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has laser measuring devices, but not laser pens. These are available to staff carrying out property inspections as part of the work of the VOA. The company that provides the laser measuring devices also supplies other items and services to the VOA, which are invoiced together. Therefore, a breakdown of the cost of laser measuring devices could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments (a) his Department and (b) the Valuation Office Agency made to Hometrack in each of the last three years. (143646)

No payments have been made to Hometrack by either (a) his Department or (b) the Valuation Office Agency.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the property attributes and data that the HM Revenue and Customs stamp taxes provides to the Valuation Office Agency in relation to domestic dwellings to assist with council tax valuations and revaluations. (143647)

The data which Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs stamp taxes supplies to the Valuation Office Agency is the information included in the land transaction return, which is prescribed by the Stamp Duty Land Tax (Administration) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/2837).

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many photographic identity cards have been issued to staff of the Valuation Office Agency to assist in carrying out valuations of property. (143746)

The responsibility for issuing photographic identity cards lies with local offices across the Valuation Office Agency. The data on numbers issued are not held centrally and cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.