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Home Information Packs

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 28 October 2008, Official Report, column 952W, into home information packs, if she will undertake research on the typical maximum period within which a local authority search in a home information pack will be accepted as valid by a mortgage lender. (251959)

On 8 December my right hon. Friend the Housing Minister (Margaret Beckett), announced that she had asked Ted Beardsall (ex-deputy director of the Land Registry) to convene a working group to consider local property searches. This group will consist of industry and consumer representatives and will consider consumers needs, utility and presentation of existing property searches information within home information packs. A representative from the Council of Mortgage Lenders has agreed to join this group.