HC Deb 22 February 1926 vol 192 cc81-2W

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury when the form of request for official search and the official certificate of search, required by the public for use under the Local Land Charges Rules of 1925, which were made on the 19th November, 1925, and were to have come into operation on the 1st January, 1926, will be available; if he is aware that the delay is causing considerable public inconvenience, and that other forms in connection with the administration of the Land Charges Act, 1925, which have been prepared and produced by private contractors, were available some weeks ago; and what is the explanation of this delay?


The form of request for official search was published on 7th January, 1926: 30,000 were printed. Two reprints of 50,000 each were delivered on 23rd January, 1926, and 13th February, 1926, and a further reprint of 70,000 is in hand with outstanding orders for 16,000. The contractor has promised a part supply for to-morrow. The official certificate of search was published on the same day: 25,000 were printed. A reprint of 50,000 was received on 23rd January, 1926, and there are no orders outstanding. In both cases the original print was fixed after consultation with the Ministry of Health. As regards the other forms required in connection with the Land Charges Act, those published at the request of the Land Registry have all run out of print at one time or another, but not for any appreciable time. The demand for these forms has, I understand, been much greater than was anticipated.