HC Deb 12 April 1960 vol 621 cc1053-4
1. Mr. Grey

asked the Attorney-General the places at which Land Registry regional offices have been opened; the number of staff involved; and to what extent staff requirements were met by other Government Departments being invited to supply volunteers to take the place of those not wishing to leave London.

The Attorney-General (Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller)

Branch offices of Her Majesty's Land Registry have been opened at Tunbridge Wells, Lytham St. Annes and Nottingham; the number of staff employed in these offices is 311, 278 and 81 respectively. Applications for transfer to the Land Registry in London and to the branch offices have been invited from staff of other Departments, and a number of applications are being considered.

Mr. Grey

May I ask the Attorney-General whether he is aware that the original intention was to have the whole of the Land Registry Department in Durham? Will he explain why that was not carried into effect? Even though there has been some change of policy, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman please state the reason why one regional office was not established in Durham?

The Attorney-General

My right hon. Friend the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury announced on 15th July, 1954, that the Land Registry was not to be moved to Durham.

Mr. Grey

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman give the reason why?