§ Dr. Wyndham Davies
asked the Minister without Portfolio in view of the fact that 180 properties in Perry Barr are still unregistered, what steps he will take to speed-up land registration by the Nottingham District Land Registry.
§ Sir Eric Fletcher
The hon. Member must be under a misapprehension if he thinks that only 180 properties in Perry 43W Barr remain unregistered at the Nottingham District Land Registry. My noble Friend the Lord Chancellor has not yet extended the compulsory registration system to Birmingham, though he hopes to do so in the course of next year. Even in a compulsory area, titles to land need only be registered when the land is sold and, in an area of the size of Perry Barr, a great many properties are likely to remain unregistered for many years. It is no reflection on the compulsory registration system that many are still unregistered. All practicable steps are being taken to expedite the handling of work in each registry.