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Valuation Office: Land Registry

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 153W, on Land Registry Direct, what property data the Land Registry Direct Service provides to the Valuation Office Agency. (252150)

The Valuation Office Agency will be able to obtain the same information as any other users of Land Registry’s services, whether they are in the public or private sector. As users of Land Registry Direct the Valuation Office Agency will have access to our register. The Land Register has been available for public inspection since December 1990 and Official Copies of registers, title plans and deeds and most documents referred to on the register can be obtained by post or electronically. The information included on a register is:

title number of property or land

the tenure (freehold or leasehold)

the price paid (where available)

the name of the registered proprietor(s)

lease details (deed date, term, rent)

property address, including town name

property description (detached, flat etc)

local authority name.

There are over 22 million titles registered with Land Registry covering England and Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1317W, on the Valuation Office: Land Registry, how much the Valuation Office Agency paid the Land Registry for access to the Land Registry Direct Service in the latest year for which figures are available. (252165)

There is no charge to access Land Registry Direct. All registered users, whether public or private sector, hold a credit account and only pay for particulars that they download.