§ 11.19 a.m.
§ LORD KENNET
My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a third time. I should like to express my pleasure and gratitude that the House gave the Bill such a favourable reception. It is of relatively minor importance, but it is a useful and desirable measure to ensure that the assessment of dwelling-houses in the 1973 revaluation is undertaken with all the best evidence available. While the Bill was before your Lordships' House we inserted a few declaratory words which will be welcomed by those who were fearful—although, as the Government believe, unnecessarily fearful— that the Bill would take away their right to challenge all the individual assessments. The thanks of the House are due to the noble Lord, Lord Brooke of Cumnor, for tabling the relevant Amendment.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 3a.—(Lord Rennet.)1500
§ LORD BROOKE OF CUMNOR
My Lords, I appreciate what the noble Lord has said. I have nothing more to add to the remarks I made at the earlier stages of the Bill. We all wish the valuers well in their intricate task of carrying out their revaluation on which the 1973 assessments will eventually be based.
§ On Question, Bill read 3a, with the Amendment, and passed, and returned to the Commons.