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The Land Registry

Volume 9: debated on Thursday 6 July 1911

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My Lords, I rise to ask the noble and learned Lord on the Woolsack, in the words of which I have given notice on the Paper, whether he can give the House any information as to the steps contemplated by His Majesty's Government for utilising the labours of the Royal Commission on the Land Transfer Acts, and whether their recommendations for the improvement of the Land Registry will be carried out with a view to the extension of the system.

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My Lords, I am glad that this question has been put, and I think it is very desirable that there should be a discussion in this House upon the Report of the Royal Commission on the Land Transfer Acts. The inquiry has been one of great labour by very distinguished persons, with a very satisfactory result. But considering the number of misstatements that have appeared in the public Press on this subject it is very desirable that we should have a public discussion with reference to it, and I hope that the noble Earl will take steps, next week if he likes, for the purpose of commencing a public consideration of this subject.

I certainly will, subject to the convenience of His Majesty's Government and to the business that may be going on, take the earliest opportunity which may be afforded for that purpose.