asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he will announce the conclusions of the review of the house transfer system announced by his right hon. and learned Friend the Solicitor-General, Official Report, 17 February 1984, column 347; and if he will make a statement.
The report of the interdepartmental group on simplifying house buying has been published today. Copies have been placed in the Library. I hope that this report will contribute to simpler and cheaper procedures for buying and selling property in this country. The Government will consider this report along with the second report of the conveyancing committee, chaired by Professor Farrand, in consultation with those affected by their recommendations.