To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on small and micro businesses of centralising local land charges registers.
A Regulatory Impact Assessment relating to the provision of Local Land Charges has been produced by Land Registry. The Impact Assessment is a living document and continues to be revised in the light of greater stakeholder engagement. This takes into account the potential benefits of a fully digitised service to mitigate the effects of degrading paper and other records, with improved turnaround times, greater efficiencies and a lower fee for the customer. The Impact Assessment states that creating a single, digital Local Land Charges register would enable small and micro businesses to streamline their access arrangements.