HC Deb 01 December 1959 vol 614 c978
3. Mr. Denzil Freeth

asked the Attorney-General whether he will review the rules governing the conduct of Lands Tribunals.

The Attorney-General


Mr. Freeth

In view of the nature of that reply, may I ask whether my right hon. and learned Friend is aware that on 6th August his right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government wrote to me saying that in rating cases the Lands Tribunals always visited the hereditament to which an appeal related, and that his noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor has informed me that this is not the case; and that if justice is to be done and is to be seen to be done it should be suggested to the Lands Tribunals that they should visit the hereditaments over which appeals are made to them?

The Attorney-General

It is a matter for the Lands Tribunals whether or not to inspect premises. In cases where it can help them to make up their minds, no doubt they do so. In the particular case to which my hon. Friend has referred, I gather that the tribunal was concerned with the letting value of the premises, and the manner in which the tribunal exercises its discretion as to whether or not to view the premises is not a matter for which I am in any way answerable.