HC Deb 08 February 1939 vol 343 cc972-3W
Mr. Liddell

asked the Attorney-General what is the reason for the delay in extending the compulsory registration of the title of land to more of the Northern and Midland industrial areas; whether he is aware that the extension would encourage building in the North and Midlands and render more easy the purchase and sale of newly-built medium-sized dwellings and shops; whether he will state the objection to the extension, in addition to Surrey; and whether the delay is related to ordnance surveys?

The Attorney-General

I am aware of the advantages which are expected to follow from the application of the compulsory provision of the Land Transfer Act to any new area, but my Noble Friend the Lord Chancellor is satisfied that the best method to promote a general system of compulsory registration on sale throughout the country is to proceed step by step as and when the special maps necessary to the purpose can be prepared and the staff trained.

My Noble Friend the Lord Chancellor will consider what area will be most suitable for a further extension in good time so that there may be no delay when a further extension becomes practicable.