§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals 587W he has for a new system of registration of title of land; what is the estimated cost of establishing such a new system; what comparison he has made of the estimated running costs of a new system compared with the costs of the present; what estimate he has made of the period of time necessary for a new system to become effective; and if he will now prepare legislation for such a new system.
§ Mr. Harry Ewing
It remains the Government's intention to introduce legislation for a new system of registration of title to land, along the lines recommended by the Henry Committee. While there would be additional costs in its introduction, thereafter the new system would be progressively more economic in manpower and costs. In view of the scale of the changover, it is envisaged that the new system would be introduced progressively, by areas, over a period of nine years.