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valuation date of October last year. Anyway, hopefully we have got to a point where there is now some clarity.

I am still concerned by the information flow here. I do reserve the right to come back at a later stage to make amendments if I consider that that is required for further clarification, and I look forward to something in writing to people that gives them clarification of valuation dates. I think that is important. When everything is done verbally this leads to confusion. As we saw and have seen with the issue of the land rent scheme, until something is in writing people have certain views and there are conversations going all over the place at the moment from officials. There is advice being given; some of that advice is correct, some of that advice is wrong and some of that advice is changing. That is one of the issues that we find here. So if it is the case that the valuation is, indeed, an up-to-date valuation then that satisfies the bulk of the concerns with this change. There are some other concerns in terms of flexibility around dates and so on, but we will look at those.

That being the case, with those concerns we will allow this amendment to go through. But, as I said, I will wait to see it in writing. We will do that in good faith. As I said, nothing is in writing anywhere that says there is a new date for valuation. All the advice has been that it will be treated as per the existing scheme. The existing scheme has a date of October 2014. There has been confusion created. I am not here to be an obstacle in the way of progress.

Mr Barr: On this issue at least.

MR HANSON: On this and a number of other issues. I am here to act in the best interest of home owners. It is in Hansard—not that everything that Mr Barr says in Hansard necessarily comes to fruition. But it is now in Hansard. He has made that commitment so we will be able to forward that Hansard to the affected home owners and hopefully there will be something in the form of clarification perhaps from the task force to affected home owners to provide that point of clarification. As I said, we will be supporting the amendment but I do remain a little bit of a sceptic. The fact that it is in Hansard hopefully gives us something now as a point of clarification.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion by (Ms Burch) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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