To ask the Attorney-General how many staff are currently employed by the Land Registry; and what are their grades.
The staff employed and their grades as at 1 March 1988 are set out in the following table:
To ask the Attorney-General what has been the ratio of staff to total registrations dealt with per year by the Land Registry in each of the last seven years for which figures are available.
The ratio of staff to registrations dealt with in each of the last seven years expressed in terms of registrations completed per post is as follows:
To ask the Attorney-General what recent representations he has received concerning delays at the Land Registry.
In the three months to 29 February 1988 the Lord Chancellor received some 35 letters concerning delays at the Land Registry.
To ask the Attorney-General when he expects the application for registration about which the hon. Member for Macclesfield recently wrote to the Lord Chancellor to be processed by the Land Registry.
The Land Registry is awaiting a reply to requisitions sent to the applicant's solicitors on 14 October 1987. The application cannot proceed further until the requisitions are complied with, but will be completed as quickly as possible thereafter.