§ Mr. Irvine
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the Government's proposals for subordinate legislation in connection with the provisions under the Courts and Legal Services Act on the tying-in of services to residential property loans.
§ Mr. Redwood
I am today issuing a consultative document setting out the Government's proposals for the subordinate legislation required to bring into force the provisions in the courts and Legal Services Act on the tying-in of services to residential property loans. However, as the document explains and as was made clear during the passage of the Act, if the industry had a simpler way of avoiding tying-in by lenders which it could police adequately and which would provide for at least as much disclosure as the Act's provisions, the Government could be open to persuasion that bringing the relevant provisions into force would not be necessary.