HC Deb 15 May 1985 vol 79 c140W
20. Mr. Gourlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received about revaluations; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Younger

I refer the hon. Member to the answer my hon. Friend gave earlier today to the right hon. Member for Rutherglen (Mr. MacKenzie).

22. Mr. Lambie

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will arrange to meet the Strathclyde assessor to discuss the 1985 revaluation.

Mr. Younger

My officials have been in touch as necessary with the Strathclyde assessor and with other assessors who have supplied certain information to me about the results of the 1985 revaluation. But I have no powers to influence the judgments of the assessors, for which they are answerable ultimately to the courts. I do not think meetings with them would be appropriate, since they would take up scarce time and resources and so serve to slow down the processing of appeals which is a major burden upon assessors at present.