HC Deb 14 November 1988 vol 140 cc376-7W
Mr. Heddle

To ask the Attorney-General if he will indicate what improvement the measures he announced in his reply to the Adjournment debate initiated by the hon. Member for Mid-Staffordshire on 30 November 1987 have brought about to delays in the work of Her Majesty's Land Registry.

The Attorney-General

Conveyancing activity continued in 1988 at record levels. By increasing output urgent business had been contained throughout England and Wales, but completion times for substantive applications have not yet improved. However, the measures now in place (including the recruitment and training since April 1988 of over 2,000 additional staff, new work initiatives to improve productivity and the opening of four further offices) are expected to lead to a steady improvement over the next few months.