HC Deb 16 December 1911 vol 32 cc2863-4W

asked the Attorney-General, whether he was aware that, notwithstanding the amount of the ad valorem fees payable under the rules of The Land Transfer Act, 1897, on the first registration of property in the county of London, the fees payable are still larger on any subsequent dealing of registered property by way of assignment or mortgage; and will he explain why higher fees are charged, having regard to the fact that the work in connection with the registration is completed when the property is first registered and that the work should be nominal on subsequent registration, and why the recommendation of the Royal Commission, made in January last, in favour of reducing the registration fees has not been acted upon?


The report of the Royal Commission on the subject of fees, as in all other respects, is still under consideration. With regard to the rest of the question I am unable to accept the description given or suggestions made in reference to this matter by the hon. Member, but my reasons and explanations could not properly be given in answer to a question.