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Churches: Wales

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many churches in Wales have been listed in connection with the chancel repair liability provisions of the Land Registration Act 2002. (203991)

Land Registry does not hold this information in the form requested. Under the Land Registration Act 2002 (Transitional Provisions)(No2) Order 2003, a right in respect of the repair of a church chancel operates as an overriding interest in the case of both first registrations and registerable dispositions.

Land Registry does not keep specific records of the number of successful applications made for an entry in respect of this particular liability. It is able to obtain some information by a search of its computerised register database but this information is not conclusive because of the different ways in which the liability is disclosed and consequently either noted in the register or protected by way of a caution against first registration. Information that is held by Land Registry identifies the registered title of one property in Wales that contains an entry in respect of the liability. However, there may be others that could not be identified without a detailed search of each register of title to land in Wales.