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Home Information Packs

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average amount of time taken for a conveyancing search to be completed in (a) Milton Keynes unitary authority and (b) England, (i) before the introduction of the home improvement pack legislation and (ii) after the introduction of the legislation. (197340)

[holding answer 31 March 2008]: My Department does not hold the information in the form requested. Based on our survey of local authority property searches services of April 2007, we estimate that on average, property searches took five days in England. As part of this survey, Milton Keynes unitary authority reported an average time of seven days.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) home information packs and (b) home condition reports have been commissioned to date. (198259)

[holding answer 1 April 2008]: The commercial and private nature of a home owner’s decision when to place their property on the market for sale means this information is not available in a robust form. We therefore do not hold this information centrally in the format requested.