FDA welcomes Government U-turn on Land Registry sell off

The Government has confirmed that it will not be progressing a plan to introduce a Land Registry service delivery company.

A Written Ministerial Statement from Michael Fallon at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) stated that "no decision has been taken to change the Land Registry's model".

FDA Assistant General Secretary Naomi Cooke said:

"While the FDA supports this position, we now call on the Government to let Land Registry staff concentrate on delivering high-quality services to the public, rather than being under the constant threat of reorganisation.

"Dividing up the organisation responsible for the security of property ownership in England and Wales was a high risk and ill-conceived notion from the start.

"FDA members working in the Land Registry - as well as homeowners and tenants alike - can breathe a sigh of relief that this proposal has been ruled out for the time being.

"The FDA now calls on all parties to commit to maintaining the Land Registry as a unified civil service organisation, providing the stability it badly needs."

Notes for editors

1. The FDA is the trade union representing lawyers and senior managers in the Land Registry. The union submitted a detailed consultation response to the Government opposing the plans to split and sell off part of the Land Registry, which can be found here.

2. The FDA is the union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, Government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals working across Government and the NHS.

3. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union".

4. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at www.fda.org.uk.

5. The Written Ministerial Statement confirming the Government's response to the consultation can be found here.

6. For further information contact:

· Naomi Cooke, Assistant General Secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07718 110590.

· Kay Hender, Communications Manager, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.