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Conveyancing: Fees and Charges

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) from what date the newly appointed charging fee for local authority property search regulations will be effective; (251410)

(2) when he expects to publish the charging fee for local authority property search regulations; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish them.

The fee for a personal search of a local land charges register in England is £11. It was set at this level in 2003. The Ministry of Justice is, however, considering whether the fee should be changed following the response to the joint Department for Communities and Local Government—Ministry of Justice 2008 consultation paper Local Authority Property Search Services: Charges for Property Search Services. We received a large response expressing a wide range of views. We are giving them careful consideration but have not yet reached a decision on the way forward. We aim to announce the outcome of the consultation and to publish a response document as soon as is practicable.

Other local authority property search fees in England are set by individual local authorities. The basis on which such fees are to be calculated is set out in the Local Authorities (England) (Charges for Property Searches) Regulations SI 2008 No. 3248 which came into force on 23 December 2008.