HC Deb 27 May 1966 vol 729 cc185-6W
Mr. William Wilson

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government if he is aware that Coventry Corporation has recently increased the fees payable to the local land registry for local searches; whether he is satisfied that such increases are justified; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. MacColl

The increases referred to by my hon. Friend affect all registries of local land charges in England and Wales arid have been prescribed with effect from 1st June next by Statutory Instrument made by my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor. He is satisfied that the 5s. increase in the standard fee for an official search, which has remained unchanged since 1927, is fully justified.

My information is that although the pending increases have been notified locally by Coventry Corporation, they have not yet been brought into operation.