HC Deb 07 December 1965 vol 722 c233
40. Sir C. Mott-Radclyffe

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is satisfied that, with new burdens being placed on the Inland Revenue valuation staff, it will be possible to undertake the rating valuation of property due in 1968; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. MacDermot

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government on 2nd December to a Question by the hon. Member for Cleveland (Mr. Tinn).

Sir C. Mott-Radclyffe

Is not the real reason for the postponement of the 1968 revaluation the immense burden placed upon Inland Revenue valuers by the complications of the Finance Act, in respect of which many of them have had no adequate guidance whatever?

Mr. MacDermot

There is no question of lack of guidance. It is right that there had to be an assessment of which were the most important priorities and, of course, there will be at least as important work for the valuers to do following both the Finance Act and the setting up of the Land Commission.