HC Deb 18 April 1967 vol 745 c287
19. Mr. Brewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the establishment strength of Inland Revenue district valuers; and how far the number employed is below strength at present.

Mr. MacDerrnot

2,304 valuers were in post on 3rd April. There is no fixed complement.

Mr. Brewis

How many extra district valuers does the hon. and learned Gentleman think will become necessary as a result of Measures of the last two years like the Land Commission Act and Capital Gains Tax?

Mr. MacDermot

It is impossible to estimate the number until we know the weight of work which will arise from the Land Commission, but obviously an increase will be required and vigorous steps are being taken to recruit and train more valuers.

Mrs. Thatcher

Do the "vigorous steps" include the offering of higher salaries?

Mr. MacDermot

No, but they do include direct recruit to the main grade of more experienced qualified people.