My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Ian Austin) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
I have deposited in the Library of the House a copy of the annual report and accounts of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) for the financial year 2008-09.
LEASE is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by Communities and Local Government and the Welsh Assembly Government to provide advice, information and other services to the public and others in relation to residential leasehold, and by the Ministry of Justice in respect of commonhold law.
The report sets out its main activities and performance during the year, a summary of its forward plans, and details of the financial status of the service, along with statistics on the number of inquiries it has dealt with over the past 12 months.
It shows the significant volume of enquiries (over 28,000) that the service has dealt with over the past 12 months as part of its work, the growing use of its website, and success of its mediation scheme, and gives an indication of the valued role which LEASE continues to play in the leasehold sector in providing advice to those who require information about their rights.