§ Miss Wright
asked the Secretary of State for Trade, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Handsworth on 11 July, if he will estimate approximately when he will bring into operation sections 16, 17, 19, and 22 of the Estate Agents Act 1979; and when orders under section 3(1) (a)(iii) or (d) or regulations under section 18 are likely to be made.
§ Mr. Eyre
Sections 16 and 17 are next in line for implementation after the provisions to come into operation next year. Regulations under section 16 will, however, require further consultation with the insurance industry and other interested parties as to how estate agents not within the existing schemes are to obtain cover. I propose to take decisions in relation to the remaining provisions in the light of experience of implementation and working of the Act.