HC Deb 22 February 1967 vol 741 c1714
33. Mr. Dewar

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when a decision will be taken as to the implementation of the recommendations of the Committee on Conveyancing Legislation and Practice; and whether he will seek to strengthen their proposals for the rationalisation of the present system of feu duties by preventing the creation of new burdens of this nature.

Mr. Buchan

I have nothing to add meanwhile to the Answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Mr. Hannan) on 20th December last.—[Vol. 738, c. 280–1.]

Mr. Dewar

Would my hon. Friend accept the need for haste in this case? Would he not agree that, of the 65 recommendations of the Halliday Committee, 43 were described by the Committee as being capable of immediate implementation without long consultation? Would he give an assurance that the Government will not wait until the Hendry Report on long-term registration of title is upon us?

Mr. Buchan

We are discussing this matter with various bodies. We await their observations, which should be coming in by the beginning of April. We are not dragging our feet in this matter. We recognise the urgency of the question and will deal with it when we can.