§ Baroness Amos
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What response was received to the consultation paper on the appointment of members of valuation tribunals in the light of local government reorganisation in parts of England in April 1998.
§ Baroness Hayman
The list of responses received has been placed in the Library of the House: copies of individual responses may be obtained through the library of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Regulations will be introduced shortly to give effect to the following measures:
- (i) That, with effect from 1 April 1998, the appointing bodies for the valuation tribunals listed in column 1 below be those authorities listed in column 2 below, who will be entitled to appoint members in the proportion given in column 3—the membership, revised in some cases, being that shown in column 4.
column 1 column 2 column 3 column 4 Name Appointing bodies Proportion Complement Berkshire Newbury (W. Berkshire) DC 2 30 Reading BC 2 Slough BC 2 Windsor & Maidenhead BC 2 Bracknell Forest BC 1 Wokingham DC 1 Cambridgeshire Cambridgeshire CC 3 48 Peterhorough City Council 1 Cheshire Cheshire CC 7 60 Warrington BC 2 Halton BC 1
column 1 column 2 column 3 column 4 Name Appointing bodies Proportion Complement Devon Devon CC 5 42 Plymouth City Council 1 Torbay BC 1 Essex South Essex CC 9 30 Southend-on-Sea BC 4 Thurrock BC 2 Herefordshire& Worcestershire CC 3 32 Worcestershire County of Herefordshire DC 1 Kent Kent CC 8 45 The Medway Town DC 1 Lancashire Lancashire CC 15 100 Blackpool BC 3 Blackburn with Darwen BC 2 Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire CC 2 54 Nottingham City Council 1 Shropshire Shropshire CC 3 36 The Wrekin DC 1
- (ii) Existing members should continue to hold office until their term of office expires.
- (iii) Vacancies should be filled as they arise (whether through retirement of members or an increase in complement) by the new appointing authorities, until their entitlement is reached. All subsequent vacancies would be filled by the authority who appointed the departing member.
Earlier regulations provide that where the appointing body by which a member was appointed has ceased to exist, it will fall to the president of the tribunal to give notice of termination of office, if so directed by the Secretary of State.
Arrangements for Valuation Tribunals in the light of Local Government Re-organisation in April 1998
List of Respondents to Consultation Paper
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackpool Borough Council
Cambridgeshire Valuation Tribunal
Cheshire County Council
Cheshire Valuation Tribunal
Council on Tribunals
Devon Valuation Tribunal
Essex County Council
Halton Borough Council
Hereford and Worcester County Council
Herefordshire District Council
Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation
Lancashire County Council
Lancashire Valuation Tribunal
Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottinghamshire Valuation Tribunal
Plymouth City Council
Shropshire County Council
Shropshire Valuation Tribunal
Slough Borough Council
Society of Clerks of Valuation Tribunals
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Thurrock Borough Council
Wrekin District Council