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Home Information Packs

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Explanatory Memorandum for the Home Information Pack (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2008, for what reasons her Department is not producing a consolidated version of the amended home information pack regulations. (243758)

We have yet to take a decision on consolidating amendments to the Home Information Pack regulations, but we keep this under review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what advice her Department has given to local authorities on enforcement of the home information pack regulations since they were implemented; (243759)

(2) pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 8 December 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on home buying and selling, what guidance has been given to local authority trading standards on enforcement and tackling non-compliance.

The Department has provided specialist procedural guidance for use by local authority trading standards offices on the HIP duties and their enforcement. There is a copy of this guidance on our website at:

www.homeinformationpacks.gov.uk

The Department also maintains regular contacts with LACORS (the Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services) on these matters.