HC Deb 12 July 1968 vol 768 cc149-50W
Sir H.. Harrison

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why there has been an increase in the number of valuers employed in his Department over the period since October, 1964; and what steps he plans to take to reduce the numbers.

Mr. Harold Lever

There has been a reduction in the number of qualified valuers employed in the Valuation Office since October, 1964.

Mr. Dean

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his estimate of the increase or decrease in the number of first class valuers and of senior valuers in his Department during the next two years.

Mr. Harold Lever

It is too early to give these estimates.

Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will show the various categories of valuation in which the 50 first class valuers and 209 senior valuers who have been added to his Department since October, 1964 are expert, and to what tasks they have been assigned.

Mr. Harold Lever

These valuers, who are experienced in all aspects of the services which the Valuation Office provide, are carrying out the additional work which has arisen at these levels, particularly in valuing for compensation, since October, 1964. They do not repre- sent a net addition to the strength, since the posts have been filled by the promotion from the grades below and it has not been possible to recruit staff to bring these grades up to strength.