§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many appeals against the 1990 rating assessments in the Bournemouth area are outstanding; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Key
Appeals against 1990 rating assessments in the Bournemouth area are dealt with by the Dorset valuation and community charge tribunal. At the end of 1991 the tribunal had outstanding some 9,100 such appeals in respect of the whole of Dorset.
Valuation and community charge tribunals are independent bodies. The prioritisation and timing of cases is primarily a matter for them. However, the Department wrote to all English tribunals in June 1991 urging them to progress 1990 list appeals as quickly as possible.