HC Deb 25 February 1965 vol 707 cc143-4W
Dr. Wyndham Davies

asked the Minister without Portfolio how many staff were employed in the office of the Nottingham District Land Registry in December, 1959, and December, 1964, respectively; and, in view of the delay in registering charges of properties sold by a property company, of which details have been supplied to him, thus causing hardship to many property owners and prospective owners in Perry Barr, if he will take steps to increase the staff in this registry.

Sir Eric Fletcher

The office to which the hon. Member refers was not created a district land registry until 2nd December, 1963. In December, 1959, there were 58 members of the staff employed in it, and in December, 1964, there were 386. The strength is still being increased.

Although the hon. Member refers to properties sold by a property company in Perry Barr, very few have been identified in his constituency, and it appears that most of them are located elsewhere. Except for a very few cases, where the applications were defective, the registration of all the transactions was completed within the time normally taken, although many of them were very complicated.