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Home Information Packs

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 2 October 2006, Official Report, column 2535W, on home information packs, what period of time must elapse before a vendor could be fined £200 again for an on-going breach. (95811)

Where enforcement officers decide to take action following a breach of the home information pack duties, they will have the option of serving a penalty charge notice. The penalty charge is set at £200 in the Home Information Pack Regulations 2006. It will be for Trading Standards Officers to make the appropriate judgment regarding enforcement of the regulations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of home inspectors who will be required to implement the revised Home Information Packs from June 2007. (95839)

I refer the hon. Member to my reply on 10 October 2006, Official Report, column 644W, to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove).