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Home Information Packs

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 164W, on Home Information Packs, if she will place in the Library a copy of written representations made by (a) Rightmove and (b) Countrywide in relation to home information packs. (152536)

Responses to public consultations from the Countrywide Assured Group plc. on the content of the home information pack and the home information pack in low demand low value areas have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 160W, on home information packs, how many voluntary home condition reports have been purchased. (152671)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 160W.

Full results of the trials that include completed transactions will be published when available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) subsidised and (b) non-subsidised energy performance certificates have been purchased; (152846)

(2) how many (a) subsidised and (b) non-subsidised voluntary home condition reports have been purchased.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 160W.

The register of home condition reports and energy performance certificates does not include details on the price paid for a report.

Full results of the trials that include completed transactions will be published when completed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the sale of a freehold interest of a leasehold residential property requires (a) an energy performance certificate and (b) a home information pack. (153696)

A home information pack, including an energy performance certificate, may be required where a residential property consisting of a single dwelling is marketed for sale with vacant possession, either freehold or under a long lease.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether buyers selling their homes through a property location agent are required to commission a home information pack; and if she will make a statement. (155414)

[holding answer 17 September 2007]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Mr. Stuart) on 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1273W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the legal definition is of a bedroom for the purposes of the Home Information Pack provisions. (155715)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) on 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 161W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if a room described as a (a) study, (b) spare room and (c) HIP replacement room would be classed as a bedroom for the purposes of the requirements for three or four bedroom homes to have a home information pack. (156602)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) on 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 161W.