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Land Registry

Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Attorney-General what, if any, is the consumer representation in the Land Registry department.

The interests of the public in matters relating to the Land Registry are represented in the rule committee constituted under section 444 of the Land Registration Act 1925 and the joint advisory committee of the Law Society and the Land Registry, by members of those committees.

asked the Attorney-General if he will consider lay representation on the joint committee of the Land Registry and the Law Society.

asked the Attorney-General if he will consider alterations in Land Registry requirements in order to simplify the process of conveyancing.

The suggestions relating to registered conveyancing made in the report of the Royal Commission on legal services—Cmnd. 7648—are under consideration and particular attention will be given to changes in Land Registry requirements which may be necessitated by the introduction of computerisation into the work of the registration of title department. Consideration will also be given to any proposals for simplification of the relevant law and procedures which may be made by the Law Commission in its forthcoming report on land registration.

asked the Attorney-General whether, in view of the current financial surplus of the Land Registry, he will lower registration fees for (a) the first registration and (b) subsequent registrations of residential property.

These and other fees charged by the Land Registry are under consideration.

asked the Attorney-General what financial surpluses or deficits have been made by the Land Registry department in the past 10 financial years.

The figures to the nearest £1,000 are as follows:

YearRegistration of Title DepartmentLand Charges and Agricultural Credits Departments
1969–70- 857- 52
1970–71+ 592- 65
1971–72+ 2,487- 187
1972–73+ 6,491- 181
1973–74+ 2,397- 750
1974–75- 2,341- 962
1975–76- 3,095+ 10
1976–77- 2,616+ 835
1977–78+ 1,631+ 1,051
1978–79+ 4,763+ 1,160