HC Deb 26 March 1956 vol 550 c170W
Sir I. Orr-Ewing

asked the Secretary to the Treasury what special arrangements he has made to ensure that appeals regarding reassessments for rates are dealt with expeditiously, in view of the large numbers anticipated; and what those arrangements are.

Mr. H. Brooke

The ultimate volume of appeals is a matter of conjecture. Experience may well vary greatly from one area to another. In the main it is expected thatthe staff responsible for the revaluation will be able to deal expeditiously with appeals, but special arrangements such as overtime working and borrowing of staff from other offices will be made if the circumstances require it. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government that arrangements are being made to increase the membership of local valuation panels and the numbers of their staffs.