BRAKE welcomes U-turn on land registry sell-off

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake has welcomed the Government’s decision to shelve plans to sell off the Land Registry.

Conservative plans to sell off the Land Registry were due to be part of the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill. However, this unpopular measure was not part of the bill that was brought before parliament last week.

An earlier move to sell off the registry was blocked by the Lib Dems during the coalition.

Tom said: “I am proud to have been part of the Coalition Government, one which listened to the responses to the first consultation on the Land Registry and acted accordingly. The only reason I can fathom why, just two years later, the Conservatives were trying to privatise the Land Registry again is that the Tories are ideologically committed to reducing the size of the State and prefer essential services to be run by private companies and charities.  I am glad that at the eleventh hour they saw sense and dumped their dubious, ill thought through and dogmatic plans.”