asked the Minister for Lands why the Land Commission when they are dividing an estate make an estimated division of the land valuation on their own without consulting the Valuation Office so that in consequence the subdivision of the valuation made by them is altered later by the Valuation Office.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Land Allotment Valuations.
I am informed by the Land Commission that they do not, in fact, engage in making estimated apportionments of the rateable valuation on allotments—indeed there is a standing instruction to that effect. The position in this regard is that when an estate is divided by the Land Commission, details of the various allotments are furnished to the Valuation Office and the apportionment of the total estate valuation is then carried out by that Office.
Where new holdings are laid out in advance of the selection of migrants, there is a procedure whereby the Land Commission secure a provisional apportionment of rateable valuation from the Valuation Office.
If asked for an estimate of outgoings on the holding, an inspector will give this figure to a prospective migrant, stressing the fact that it is a provisional apportionment supplied by the Valuation Office.