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Valuation Office Agency: Allowances

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 810W, on Valuation Office: allowances, how many individual expenses were claimed by the Valuation Office Agency's Director of National and Central Services in 2008-09. (324120)

During 2008-09 the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA) Director of National and Central Services claimed 475 individual expenses.

The expenses claimed and paid directly to the individual for 2008-09 totalled £6,632.

All expenses have been counted individually and not totalled for each day of travel or for each, total, claim submitted on the VOA expenses system. For example if a tube, bus and meal allowance has been claimed on the same day this will be counted as three separate expense claims not one.

This sum excludes costs paid direct by the agency's travel providers for hotel accommodation, rail fares etc.

A further detailed analysis of the hotel expense statistics (as supplied by the travel provider) has revealed errors in the way in which the information from the travel supplier was interpreted. This position has now been clarified but, as a consequence, the figures shown on 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 810W, should show the revisions shown in brackets.

Expenses claimed

£

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009

Director of National and Central Services

0

34,039 (23,732)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 810W, on the Valuation Office: allowances, what individual expenses were paid to the Valuation Office Agency's (a) Chief Executive from April 2007 to March 2009, (b) Director of Data Strategy from April 2007 to March 2009 and (c) Deputy Chief Executive from April 2007 to March 2009. (324233)

The individual expenses paid to the chief executive, deputy chief executive and the director of data strategy of the Valuation Office Agency from April 2007 to March 2009 are shown in the following table:

£

2007-08

2008-09

Chief executive

235.70

237.60

Deputy chief executive

535.46

376.69

Director of data strategy

945.45

1,369.91

A further detailed analysis of the hotel expense statistics (as supplied by the travel provider) has revealed errors in the way in which the information from the travel supplier was interpreted. This position has now been clarified but., as a consequence, the figures shown on 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 810W, should show the revisions shown in brackets.

£

Expenses claimed

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009

Chief executive

4,934 (4,792)

3,194 (3,216)

Deputy chief executive

4,283 (3,083)

2,018 (2,843)

Director of data strategy

3,757 (2,649)

4,132 (1,956)