§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Attorney-General what is the average time it takes for Land Registry offices to register the title to previously unregistered land; and if he has received any representations from housebuilders or other contractors about delays arising from registration of title.
The average time taken to register the title to previously unregistered land is 72 working days where the application is in order. Some representations were received in the summer and early autumn of 1981 from housebuilders and other contractors about delays in registration. However, in September additional financial resources were provided to meet an increase in work due, in part, to applications being made for registration by tenants exercising their right to buy. As a result of the recruitment of casual staff and the working of overtime, completion times have been decreasing steadily over the last four months. It is hoped this improvement will continue.