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Valuation Office

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 24 November 2008, Official Report, columns 963W, on Valuation Office: handbooks, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent editions of (a) Introduction to Inspections, (b) CT Referencers Manual, (c) Digital Mapping User Guide, (d) Rating Support Application Induction Workbook, (e) NDR Referencers Manual and (f) Digital Photography User Guide. (252206)

A copy of the Valuation Office Agency’s Introduction to Inspections Workbook, CT Referencers Manual and NDR Referencers Manual will be placed in the Library.

The Digital Mapping User Guide, RSA Induction Workbook and Digital Photography User Guide are technical instructions on the use of Valuation Office Agency internal IT applications. It is not appropriate to publish information which might assist unauthorised access to VOA systems or databases.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 138W, on council tax: valuation, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the user guides and manuals for (a) the digital mapping tool and (b) the locality delineation tool; (252352)

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the user guide for the Valuation Office Agency’s automated valuation model software and database.

No. These guidance manuals are technical instructions on the use of Valuation Office Agency internal IT applications. It is not appropriate to publish information which might assist unauthorised access to VOA systems or databases.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent advice given to Valuation Office Agency staff on health and safety in the field, including advice on the use of surveying equipment. (252434)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) on 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 122W. There has been no update to the health and safety information already placed in the Library.

In April 2008 the Valuation Office Agency published additional health and safety e-Learning. The syllabus, titled Health and Safety Site Inspections, includes four modules covering Health and Safety Site Visits, Hazards on Site, Personal Protective Equipment and Asbestos Awareness—A Practical Guide.

I am arranging for a viewable copy of the e-learning programme to be deposited in the Library of the House.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 989W, on the Valuation Office, at what intervals the Valuation Office Agency’s automated valuation model is calibrated. (252488)