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Swimming Pools: Valuation

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority swimming pools were on the Valuation Office Agency's rating list in England in (a) 1997 and (b) 2009. (306390)

I have been asked to reply.

The Valuation Office Agency data did not differentiate between local authority and private swimming pools in the 1995 Rating Lists. As at 1 April 1997 a total of 710 swimming pools were included in the rating lists for England, against special category code (SCAT 282).

A special category code (SCAT 272), specific to local authority swimming pools exists in the current Rating Lists. As at 1 April 2009 there were 490 swimming pools recorded against this SCAT code.

Local authority swimming pools may also be included in hereditaments listed under other special category codes, such as that for local authority sports and leisure centres. Information on the number of pools within hereditaments listed under other special category codes could be provided only at disproportionate cost.