HC Deb 05 February 1858 vol 148 cc758-9

said, he would ask the Attorney General, Whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to bring in any Bill for the registration of titles, and the facilitating the transfer of land?


said, he had hoped that he should have obtained permission to introduce a Bill for the purpose of giving effect to the recommendations contained in the Report of the Commissioners on the subject of the registration of titles and the transfer of land. He believed that measure to be one of great importance, and most beneficial to the community, and that it would have rendered the registration of titles and the transfer of land as easy and secure as the registration and transfer of funded property or railway shares. He had prepared a Bill on the subject; but great difficulty had been felt with regard to the proper principle of legislation in a quarter which was entitled to the highest respect, and to which he had been bound to defer; and he could not feel that there was at present any prospect of that Bill being introduced in the current Session of Parliament. He was happy, however, to say that measures which would unquestionably facilitate the transfer of land, though less extensive in their na- ture, would be shortly laid by the Lord Chancellor before the other House of Parliament.