HC Deb 11 December 1950 vol 482 cc124-5W
Mr. W. J. Taylor

asked the Attorney-General if he is aware that a person making a rating appeal from the decision of a local valuation court must attend before the Lands Tribunal in person; that no provision is made in Section 48 of the Local Government Act, 1948, for a person serving with His Majesty's Forces abroad to be represented at either the local valuation court or the Lands Tribunal when he cannot attend himself; and if he will provide facilities for such persons to be represented at these courts and extend free legal aid facilities in appropriate cases.

The Attorney-General

A person appealing to the Lands Tribunal from the decision of a local valuation court need not attend in person but may be represented by a barrister or solicitor or, with the leave of the Tribunal, by any other person. Personal attendance is also unnecessary in the case of proceedings before the local valuation court, and there accordingly appears to be no need to make any special provision for persons serving with His Majesty's forces abroad. It is not at present intended that free legal aid should be made available in proceedings before local valuation courts or the Lands Tribunal.

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