HC Deb 04 December 1947 vol 445 cc107-8W
109. Colonel Dower

asked the Attorney-General whether he will take steps to reduce the period of six months' delay at present taking place at the Land Registry in registering Titles.

The Solicitor-General

The question of delays at the Land Registry is under constant consideration. With the return of solicitors from active Service following the war the business of the Registry has increased to such an extent that it now stands at 130 per cent. of its 1938 level, whereas the number of the staff is still little over half of its 1938 level. By means of diligent recruitment and training of staff since the end of the war the general position shows a slight improvement, but I regret that a return to normal will inevitably be a long process in view of the shortage of trained personnel and the difficulties of recruitment.

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