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Part IIS

Valuation and RatingS

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[F211 Amendment of standard amount in respect of liability of Railways Board to make payments for the benefit of local authorities.S

The power to make orders conferred on the Secretary of State by section 109 of the Act of 1948 (which relates to payments by transport authorities for the benefit of local authorities) shall include power to make orders amending either or both of the amounts certified by him for the purpose of determining the standard amount for the Railways Board under subsection (3) of section 66 of the M1Transport Act 1962.]

Textual Amendments

F2S. 11 repealed for any year commencing on or after 1.4.1978 so far as relating to the Board (the British Railways Board, the National Freight Corporation and any subsidiary of that Board and Corporation) in Scotland, by S.I. 1978/1174, art. 9, Sch. 2

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[F312 Basic rateable valuation of Gas Boards. S

(1)For the purposes of Schedule 4 to the Act of 1956 (which relates to the valuation and rating of Gas Boards) the basic rateable valuation of the Scottish Gas Board shall (subject to the following provisions of this section) be six hundred and fifteen thousand eight hundred and seventy-six pounds:

Provided that this subsection shall not affect the liability to rates of the said Board in respect of any period before the year [F4subsequent to the year following the appointed day.]

(2)If it appears to the Secretary of State that by reason of any substantial change of circumstances it is expedient so to do, he may by order, made after consultation with the Gas Board concerned, the Scottish Valuation Advisory Council and such associations of local authorities as appear to him to be concerned, vary the basic rateable valuation of any Gas Board; but an order under this subsection shall not have effect unless approved by a resolution of the Commons House of Parliament.

(3)The said Schedule shall as respects the years 1963-64 and subsequent years have effect as if—

(a)in paragraph 1 for the expression “1961-62” there were substituted the expression “1963-64”;

(b)paragraphs 2, 7 and 8, and in paragraph 3 the words “and subject to the provisions of paragraph 8 thereof”, were omitted; and

(c)in paragraph 9 after the word “Assessor” there were inserted the words “of Public Undertakings (Scotland) (hereinafter referred to as ”the Assessor’)”.

[F5(4)In this section the expression “the appointed day” means the day appointed by the Secretary of State under section 1(1) of the M2Gas Act 1972.]]

Textual Amendments

F3S. 12 repealed so far as relating to the British Gas Corporation in Scotland for any year commencing on or after 1.4.1978 by S.I. 1978/1176, art. 9, Sch.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

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(2)(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F7

(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F6

(c)(d). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F7

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(3)(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F6

(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F7

(6)–(8). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F6

14 Provisions relating to agricultural lands and heritages.S

(1)Notwithstanding anything in subsection (2) of section 7 of the Act of 1956 (which relates amongst other things to the definition of agricultural buildings)—

(a)a building (other than a dwelling-house) which is occupied by any person, and is used solely in connection with agricultural operations carried on by that person on any agricultural land (other than the building) whether adjacent to the building or not,F9... and

(b)any land occupied together with any such building and used solely in connection with the use of the building,

shall be treated as respects the year 1963-64 and subsequent years as agricultural lands and heritages for the purposes of subsection (3) of the said section 7 (which provides that no agricultural lands and heritages shall be entered in the valuation roll).

(2)The foregoing subsection shall apply to a building occupied by or on behalf of an association to which this subsection applies and to any land occupied together therewith as it applies to a building occupied by a person and to any land occupied therewith, but with the following modifications:—

(a)for the reference in paragraph (a) thereof to agricultural operations carried on by the person there shall be substituted a reference to such operations carried on by the association or any member thereof; and

(b)F10...the reference in the said paragraph (a) to agricultural land [F11is to be treated as a reference to such land only so far as it is] occupied by or on behalf of the association or by any member thereof.

(3)The last foregoing subsection applies to any association of F12...persons who are jointly and severally liable for any debts of the association.

[F13(4)In determining for the purposes of subsection (1) of this section whether a building used in any way is solely so used during any year, no account shall be taken of any time in that year during which it is used in any other way, if that time does not amount to a substantial part of that year.]

[F14(5)The amendments to subsections (1)(a) and (2)(b) (which removed, in relation to persons but not in relation to associations, the requirement that the building must be used in connection with agricultural operations on land occupied by the occupier of the building) and (3) above (which removed the upper limit of members of an association) made by section 31 of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (asp 1) are to have effect only as respects the year 2003-04 and subsequent years.]

Textual Amendments

F9Words in s. 14(1)(a) repealed (1.4.2003) by Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (asp 1), ss. 31(a), 62(2); S.S.I. 2003/134, art. 2(1), Sch.

F10Word in s. 14(2)(b) repealed (1.4.2003) by Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (asp 1), ss. 31(b)(i), 62(2); S.S.I. 2003/134, art. 2(1), Sch.

F11Words in s. 14(2)(b) substituted (1.4.2003) by Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (asp 1), ss. 31(b)(ii), 62(2); S.S.I. 2003/134, art. 2(1), Sch.

F12Words in s. 14(3) repealed (1.4.2003) by Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (asp 1), ss. 31(c), 62(2); S.S.I. 2003/134, art. 2(1), Sch.

15 Proceedings in appeals.S

(1)In proceedings before a valuation appeal committee [F15or, under section 1(3A) of the Lands Tribunal Act 1949, before the Lands Tribunal for Scotland] in respect of lands and heritages situated in any valuation area it shall be competent for the assessor, or the appellant or complainer, to found by way of comparison on lands and heritages situated in any other valuation area [F16or, in accordance with subsections (1A) to (1C) below, on hereditaments in England and Wales.]

[F17(1A)It shall be competent to found, by way of comparison, on hereditaments in England and Wales only if—

(a)there is no evidence available as to lands and heritages in Scotland comparable to those which are the subject of the proceedings; or

(b)such evidence as is available in that regard is not adequate to enable the committee or, as the case may be, the Lands Tribunal for Scotland to draw conclusions as to the rent at which the lands and heritages which are the subject of the proceedings might reasonably be expected to let from year to year in the circumstances mentioned in . . . F186(8) of the Valuation and Rating (Scotland) Act 1956 (ascertainment of . . . F18values by reference to expected rent).

(1B)[F19The rateable value ascribed in the non-domestic rating list maintained under the Local Government Finance Act 1988] to a hereditament in England and Wales [F20such as is mentioned in paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 6 to that Act] shall, for the purposes of subsections (1) and (1A) above, be treated as equal to the rent at which the hereditament (as at the date as at which its [F21rateable] value was ascribed to it) might reasonably be expected to let from year to year if the tenant undertook to pay all usual tenants’ rates and taxes and to bear the cost of the repairs and insurance and the other expenses, if any, necessary to maintain the hereditament in a state to command that rent.

[F22(1BA)The rateable value ascribed in the non-domestic rating list maintained under the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to a hereditament in England and Wales such as is mentioned in paragraph 2(1A) of Schedule 6 to that Act shall, for the purposes of subsections (1) and (1A) above, be treated as equal to the rent which, assuming such a letting of the hereditament as is required to be assumed for the purposes of subsection (1B) above, would reasonably be attributable to the non-domestic use of property.

(1BB)The rateable value ascribed in the non-domestic rating list maintained under the Local Government Finance Act 1988 to a hereditament in England and Wales such as is mentioned in paragraph 2(1B) of Schedule 6 to that Act shall, for the purposes of subsections (1) and (1A) above, be treated as equal to the rent which, assuming such a letting of the hereditament as is required to be assumed for the purposes of subsection (1B) above, would, as regards the part of the hereditament which is not exempt from local non-domestic rating, be reasonably attributable to the non-domestic use of property.]

(1C)A valuation appeal committee or the Lands Tribunal for Scotland shall, in considering a hereditament in England and Wales by way of comparison in pursuance of this section, make such adjustment as is, in their opinion, necessary—

(a)to its rent as established by the evidence, so as to take account of (amongst any other things) the date at which that rent became payable;

(b)to its rent as established under subsection (1B) [F23, (1BA) or (1BB)] above, so as to take account of (amongst any other things) the date as at which, under [F24the said subsection (1B), (1BA) or (1BB)], that rent is to be treated as payable.]

(2)The Secretary of State may make regulations governing the procedure of the valuation appeal committees established under section [F25[F26section 29 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994] and the procedure in appeals and complaints to such committees].

[F27(2AA)A valuation appeal committee, on the joint application of the assessor and an appellant or complainer made within such period as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State, shall refer the appeal or complaint to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland for determination under section 1(3A) of the Lands Tribunal Act 1949.]

[F28(2A)The Secretary of State may make regulations [F29as to]

(a)the circumstances and manner in which an appeal or complaint may be referred to the Lands Tribunal for Scotland in pursuance of subsection (3A) of section 1 of the M3Lands Tribunal Act 1949 (jurisdiction of the Tribunal to determine valuation cases referred to it); . . . F30

(b)the consideration of the appeal or complaint by a valuation appeal committee in a case where the Tribunal have declined under subsection (3B) of that section to proceed to determine it.]

[F31(c)the giving by a valuation appeal committee of reasons for its decision not to refer to the Tribunal any appeal or complaint made to the committee; and

(d)the circumstances and manner in which an appeal may be made to the Tribunal for determination under subsection (3BA) of section 1 of the Lands Tribunal Act 1949 (jurisdiction of the Tribunal to determine appeal against decision of valuation appeal committee not to refer an appeal or complaint to the Tribunal).]

[F32(3)Regulations under this section may provide for the amendment or repeal of any enactment which is inconsistent with or superseded by any provision contained in the regulations.]

(4)Regulations under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Textual Amendments

F26Words in s. 15(2) substituted (1.4.1996) by virtue of 1994 c. 39, s. 180(1), Sch. 13 para. 60(3)(d); S.I. 1996/323, art. 4(1)(b)(c)

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M31949 c.42 SIF 127.

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17 Amendment of section 240 of Act of 1947.S

Section 240 of the Act of 1947 (which empowers rating authorities to levy rates on owners, instead of occupiers, in certain cases) shall not authorise the retention by a rating authority of any portion of a rate paid by an owner under that section in respect of any period during which the lands and heritages concerned are unoccupied; and accordingly in that section for the words “fails to recover the amount payable by any such occupier” there shall be substituted the words “is unable to recover the amount paid by him to the rating authority”.

[F3418 Definition of “occupier”.S

Notwithstanding anything in the definition of “occupier” in subsection (1) of section 379 of the Act of 1947, lands and heritages shall not be deemed for the purposes of section 24 of the M4Local Government (Scotland) Act 1966 to be occupied as respects the year 1994-95 or any subsequent year by reason only that they are subject to a tenancy or sub-tenancy.]

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19 Certain parks not to be entered in valuation roll.S

[F35(1)Subject to subsections (1A) and (1B) below, lands and heritages which consist of a park vested in or under the control of—

(a)a local authority; or

(b)a Minister of the Crown or Government department or any other officer or body exercising functions on behalf of the Crown,

and any building comprised in any such park which is used for purposes ancillary to those of the park, shall not be entered in the valuation roll.

(1A)Subsection (1)(a) above does not apply to a park from which the local authority derives a net profit.

(1B)Subsection (1)(b) above does not apply unless the park is available for free and unrestricted use by members of the public.

(1C)In construing subsection (1B) above any temporary closure (at night or otherwise) shall be ignored.]

(2)In this section . . . F36the expression “park” includes any recreation ground or pleasure ground.

20 Repayment of rates paid in error.S

(1)Where [F37, notwithstanding section 2(2)(d) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975 or any entry in a valuation roll which is no longer in force,] it is shown to the satisfaction of a rating authority that any amount has been paid to them in respect of rates by reason of an error of fact, and the amount is not recoverable apart from this section, the authority shall repay the amount to the person from whom they received it or to any other person appearing to them to be entitled to that person’s interest:

Provided that no repayment under this subsection shall be made after the end of the sixth year after that in respect of which the amount was paid, unless application therefor was before that time.

(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F38

21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F39S

22 Miscellaneous amendments of Act of 1956 relating to valuation and rating.S

The Act of 1956 shall have effect subject to the following modifications, being modifications in provisions relating to valuation or rating:—

(a)(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F40

(c)paragraph (b) of subsection (6) of section 7 of that Act (which relates to the net annual value and rateable value of a dwelling-house occupied in connection with any agricultural lands and heritages situated within the counties to which the Crofters (Scotland) Acts 1955 and 1961 apply) shall have effect as if for the words “fifty acres”there were substituted the words “seventy-five acres”;

(d)the power conferred on the Secretary of State by section 13 of that Act to prescribe dates and periods for certain purposes shall include the power to prescribe different dates and periods for those purposes [F41as he may consider appropriate]

(e). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F40

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C3The text of s. 22(c) is in the form in which it was originally enacted: it was not reproduced in Statutes in Force and does not reflect any amendments or repeals which may have been made prior to 1.2.1991

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