§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the responsibility of(a) the local authorities and (b) the Valuation Office in ensuring that the correct rateable reference is used to calculate the liability of individual businesses for business rates. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
Valuation officers, who are employed by the Valuation Office agency, are responsible for compiling and then maintaining an accurate non-domestic rating list for each billing authority in the country. Local authorities are required to inform the valuation officer for their area of any information which suggests that a list requires alteration.