He was speaking after Shadow Business Minister Toby Perkins wrote to the Business Minister Michael Fallon saying the current consultation process considering the future of the Government body had descended into farce and must start over again.
Mr Lister, who is also Operations Director of Cheshire-based property search company X-Press Legal Services, said: “The IPSA has made a strong contribution to the consultation process and warned of the potential consequences. However I tend to agree with Toby Perkins that it would make sense to organise a fresh inquiry.
“As things stand, a major reorganization of the Land Registry is going to require some significant parliamentary time and with the General Election only a year away, it’s questionable whether there will be sufficient time to properly discuss and implement the significant changes we believe the Government want to make.
“That’s why I agree that the Land Registry situation may be better served if we were to have a fresh inquiry following the next election. In that case the Government would have sufficient time to look at the issue very carefully before deciding on the future of the Land Registry.”
National press reports about the Land Registry debate have included claims that the Registry’s board had made preparations toward a £1 billion sell-off of the body and a proposed joint venture between the Government and a private company.
“The truth is nobody really knows what the Government’s plans are,” added Mr Lister, speaking from his Olympic Park office in Warrington. “I think we could indeed restart the debate after the up-coming election and let the new Government decide the fate of the Land Registry.
“This is an important issue that will affect a great many people, especially those employed by businesses in the property search sector, so we need to get it right. I believe that is a sensible approach both as chairman of the IPSA and as a director of a major property search provider.
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