Oral Answers to Questions — Solicitors (Conveyancing Charges)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th May 1971.

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Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman , Manchester Ardwick 12:00 am, 24th May 1971

asked the Attorney-General whether he is now in a position to make a statement about the action he proposes to take to implement the recommendations in Report No. 164 of the National Board for Prices and Incomes, Command Paper No. 4624, with regard to the reduction of conveyancing charges by solicitors.

Photo of Mr Peter Rawlinson Mr Peter Rawlinson , Epsom

I would refer the hon. Member to my answer to his supplementary question on 19th April. The necessary studies have not yet been completed.—[Vol. 815, c. 809–810.]

Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman , Manchester Ardwick

Is the Attorney-General aware that it is nearly two months since that Report was published? Should not the Government take action now to implement the recommendations of the Prices and Incomes Board so that the power of this closed shop can be broken and people who wish to buy their homes can be given greater assistance?

Photo of Mr Peter Rawlinson Mr Peter Rawlinson , Epsom

The hon. Gentleman has obviously not remembered the answer I gave him on 19th April. The Report was received on 1st April. The recommendations were to be studied in the light of the Monopolies Commission Report. That Report has been received, the Law Society's reflections upon it have been received, and all are under consideration.