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Cyprus: Land

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Cypriot Government on the effects on British citizens of title deed trap fraud perpetrated in Cyprus. (286965)

Our high commissioner in Nicosia has made a number of representations to the Cypriot authorities to make clear our concerns, most recently on 27 April 2009. We have been assured that the Cyprus Government will introduce legislation to speed up the issuing of title deeds. Our high commission in Cyprus will remain engaged in supporting British citizens on this issue and regularly meets with action groups formed by British nationals such as the Cypriot Property Action Group to listen to their concerns. Arrangements for the issuing of title deeds are a matter of national competence. However, we will continue to make our concerns clear to the authorities.