§ Mr. Brazier
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans he has to modernise the law regarding shop leases in particular with regard to original tenant liability.
Mr. John M. Taylor
As I announced in my answer on 31 March to my hon. Friend the Member for High Peak (Mr. Hendry),Official Report, column 197, the Government have, after careful consideration, decided to implement the recommendations in the Law Commission's report on Landlord and Tenant Law: Privity of Contract and Estate (Law Com. No. 174), for future leases but not for existing leases. The necessary legislation, which will apply to all leases including shop leases, will be introduced as soon as there is a suitable opportunity.