HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 cc489-90W
Mr. Kidney

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what changes in the law will be required to implement the Government's policy for speeding up the process of buying and selling homes in England and Wales. [96379]

Mr. Mullin

We believe that most of the actions we are seeking from service providers can be achieved on a voluntary basis, except that home buyers' searches will probably need to be put on a statutory footing. However, sellers' information packs will need to be made compulsory to ensure that everyone benefits from them. The surveyor will be liable both to the seller and the buyer for the House Condition Report which will be part of the seller's information pack. These changes will require legislation and we plan to do this as soon as a suitable opportunity arises.