LAND REGISTRATION BILL [LORDS]

Second Reading Committee

LAND REGISTRATION BILL [LORDS]

21st May 1986

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES

HOUSE OF COMMONS

OFFICIAL REPORT

Second Reading Committee

LAND REGISTRATION BILL [LORDS]

Wednesday 21 May 1986

CONTENTS

RESOLVED, That the Chairman do now report to the House that the Committee recommends that the Land Registration Bill [Lords] ought to be read a Second time.

Committee rose at twenty-eight minutes to Eleven o'clock.

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The Committee consisted of the following Members:

Chairman: Mr. John Forrester

Aitken, Mr. Jonathan (Thanet, South)

Beaumont-Dark, Mr. Anthony (Birmingham, Selly Oak)

Brown, Mr. Nicholas (Newcastle upon Tyne, East)

Butterfill, Mr. John (Bournemouth, West)

Carlile, Mr. Alex (Montgomery)

Chapman, Mr. Sydney (Chipping Barnet)

Coombs, Mr. Simon (Swindon)

Cranborne, Viscount (Dorset, South)

Dicks, Mr. Terry (Hayes and Harlington)

Lewis, Mr. Ron (Carlisle)

Lofthouse, Mr. Geoffrey (Pontefract and Castleford)

Loyden, Mr. Eddie (Liverpool, Garston)

McGuire, Mr. Michael (Makerfield)

McKelvey, Mr. William (Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Maude, Mr. Francis (Warwickshire, North)

Mayhew, Sir Patrick (Solicitor-General)

Sumberg, Mr. David (Bury, South)

Townsend, Mr. Cyril D. (Bexleyheath)

Mr. D. G. Millar, Committee Clerk.

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[MR. JOHN FORRESTER in the Chair]

Land Registration Bill [Lords]

10.30 am

The Solicitor-General (Sir Patrick Mayhew): I beg to move, That the Chairman do now report to the House that the Committee recommends that the Land Registration Bill [Lords] ought to be read a Second time. The Bill gives effect to the recommendations of the Law Commission's Report on Land Registration, No. 125. It simplifies and modernises three areas of the law of land registration—the conversion of title, the registration and protection of leases, and the method of determining the priority of dealings in certain equitable interests in registered land. The Bill is a complex measure. It completed its passage in another place with no amendments tabled and was welcomed as a very useful measure of law reform, which would simplify many titles. While it is in the spirit of the modern common law for a common lawyer to be adventurous, I do not think that the Committee would wish me to take it on a voyage of exploration into, for example, the niceties of the minor interests index, the registration of inalienable leases or the rule in Deane v. Hall. I commend the Bill to the Committee.

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10.31 am

Mr. Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne, East): I thank the Solicitor-General for introducing the Bill, and concur wholeheartedly with his remarks. I am sure that he has caught the Committee's mood aright when he says that it is not necessary to take us down the byways of the measure's complexities. The Bill arises from the welcome recommendations of the Law Commission but I hope that the legal profession will not suffer too much from its provisions, which simplify and modernise the law on land registration. I do not know whether the Solicitor-General has any figures on loss of remuneration to the profession as a result of the Bill, but I hope that the profession will not be seriously hurt. If the Government want to do something to help owner occupiers in this regard, I cannot resist saying that they should withdraw their proposals to cut back mortgage relief for those who are unemployed, but that is a little beyond the scope of the Bill, which is wholly welcome.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Chairman do now report to the House that the Committee recommends that the Land Registration Bill [Lords] ought to be read a Second time.

Committee rose at twenty-eight minutes to Eleven o'clock.

THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ATTENDED THE COMMITTEE:

Forrester, Mr. John (Chairman)

Aitken, Mr.

Brown, Mr. Nicholas

Coombs, Mr.

Cranborne, Viscount

Dicks, Mr.

Lewis, Mr. Ron

McKelvey, Mr.

Maude, Mr.

Mayhew, Sir Patrick