§ 65. Mr. LINDLEY
asked the Minister of Health if his attention has been drawn to instances of local official valuers, in pursuance of their duties, entering the 1607 homes of ratepayers without any previous notice being given to the householder; and whether he will give instructions directing local valuers to send reasonable notice to householders specifying the approximate time and date of the official valuers' intended visit?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Miss Lawrence)
My right hon. Friend's attention has not been drawn to specific instances. Under Section 38 of the Rating and Valuation Act, 1925, the power of a valuer appointed by a rating authority, assessment committee or county valuation committee to enter premises for the purposes of survey and valuation can be exercised only at reasonable times and after giving due notice. My right hon. Friend is not empowered to issue instructions in the matter, but, if my hon. Friend will notify him of any areas in which the requirements of the Section are not observed, he will communicate with the local authority concerned.
§ Mr. LINDLEY
May I take it from that reply that, if specific instances are brought to the notice of the Minister, he will take appropriate action in the matter?