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Home Condition Reports/Information Packs

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what ways sellers will be encouraged to take up voluntary home condition reports from June 2007. (95834)

The promotion of voluntary home condition reports from June will be informed by the area trials beginning next month.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home information packs have been produced on a voluntary basis. (94860)

More than 15,500 partial home information packs have been produced since the first phase of the home information pack dry-run commenced in November 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department provided to the Association of Home Information Pack Providers in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what estimated levels will be provided in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09. (95859)

The Department has not provided any funding to the Association of Home Information Pack Providers and has no plans to do so.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how individual home sellers will be approached to participate in the Home Information Pack dry run. (95872)

We will be using local media to inform sellers of the opportunity to have a Home Information Pack (HIP) and the benefits of doing so. We would also expect participating estate agents to explain the benefits of HIPs when discussing new instructions with clients.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which companies are participating in the Home Information Pack dry run. (95873)

More than 200 organisations have come forward to participate in the dry run. Of these, more than 70 are involved already. A list of organisations participating in the national dry run is available on our website and we will shortly be publishing details of participants in the six area trials. Both of these websites will be updated on an ongoing basis.