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Valuation Office: Contracts

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 1323W, on Valuation Office: contracts, if he will place in the Library a copy of the ASPIRE terms and conditions which relate to confidentiality. (145343)

As my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury stated in his answer of 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 1323W, the ASPIRE terms and conditions prohibit the publicising of details of this agreement. However, in respect of the specific information requested, the Government have obtained the agreement of both parties to the contract to place a copy of the clauses relating to confidentiality in the Library of the House. These include the statutory safeguards provided for by Section 182 of the Finance Act 1989, Section 18 of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005, Section 6 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 or Section 123 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. A copy of the ASPIRE terms and conditions relating to confidentiality have been placed in the Library.