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By LGCnet political correspondent Robert Hedley ...
By LGCnet political correspondent Robert Hedley

The Bill designed to speed up property and land transactions by introducing electronic conveyancing was given an unopposed third reading in the lords. It now moves to the commons.

The Land Registration Bill is the culmination of the Law Commission's single largest project of law reform, according to lord chancellor Irvine.

Conservative Baroness Buscombe attempted to change the tenure period of leases which must be registered with the land registry. At present, only leases of 21 years or longer must be registered. The Bill reduces this to seven years.

Baroness Buscombe said she was not confident the land registry could cope with this reduction in tenure terms at the same time as it would be introducing a complex system for electronic conveyancing. She proposed that registration should apply to leases of 14 years or longer.

Her amendment was defeated by 132 votes to 82.

Hansard 8 Nov: Column 307-322

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