Land Registry privatisation plans on the backburner?
The government's consultation on its plan to privatise the Land Registry closed in May – but not before some high-profile opposition to the move, including from former chief land registrar John Manthorpe, the Open Data Institute and more than 300,000 members of the public who put their names to a petition.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills wants to move the Land Registry – which keeps an up-to-date register of land ownership in England and Wales – to the private sector by 2017, as part of wider plans to raise £5bn from government asset sales.
But the plans came under fire in the Commons last week with MPs from all sides of the House questioning the case for selling off the Registry.
Conservative MP Will Quince – a former property solicitor said the government had "misunderstood what the Land Registry is fundamentally about".
We believe the Ministry of Defence has fundamentally ignored the issues and risks around the business Defence Business Services undertakes.
Who in their right mind would consider outsourcing the running of Defence Business Services which includes the United Kingdoms National Security and Vetting, Veterans Welfare Services and the Joint Casualty and Compassionate centre.