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Home Information Packs

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 117W, on ipsos MORI, if she will place in the Library a copy of the research on post implementation of home information packs; (191635)

(2) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 781, to the hon. Member for Welwyn, Hatfield, on home information packs, whether Ipsos MORI has provided an interim report or initial conclusions to her Department.

The home information pack area trials—research report was published on 6 March 2008. Copies are available in Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 230W, on home information packs, whether the unique property reference number (UPRN) used to identify a property in a home condition report is the same UPRN used to identify a property by (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) the National and Land Property Gazetteer. (191670)

The Valuation Office Agency and National Land and Property Gazetteer have their own unique reference property numbers, which are not the same as those generated by the home information pack register.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints the home information pack redress scheme has received since it was established; how many of these have been upheld; and if she will make a statement. (192629)

Communities and Local Government does not hold data on the number of complaints made to home information pack redress schemes. Such data will be included in each scheme's annual report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many estate agents have been fined for non-compliance with the home information pack regulations since the packs became mandatory; and if she will make a statement. (192630)

Local authority weights and measures authorities and the Office of Fair Trading are responsible for enforcing the home information pack duties through s.166 and s.175 of the Housing Act 2004. The OFT has not received notice of any penalty charges having been served.