asked the Attorney-General whether, having regard to the time limit recommended in paragraph 238 of the Scott Report on Land Utilisation in Rural Areas, His Majesty's Government intend to implement the Report of the Land Transfer Committee of September, 1943, presided over by Lord Rushcliffe.
As my hon. Friend is aware, the Rushcliffe Committee on Land Transfer recommended that u a reasonable period has elapsed after the termination of hostilities for sufficient staff to become available both for the purposes of the Land Registry itself and for those solicitors who would have business in the Registry, it would not be possible to make further progress with the compulsory registration of title in England and Wales. There has been and still is a shortage of trained staff in the Land Registry, and notwithstanding every effort to increase the staff, the Registry have still some difficulty in keeping abreast of the current work. In these circumstances, it is impossible to forecast when the conditions laid down by the Rushcliffe Committee will be fulfilled. When those conditions are fulfilled, my noble Friend hopes to proceed with the implementation of the Scott Report in the manner recommended by the Rushcliffe Committee.