Union criticises Land Registry’s privatisation review

14 October 2010
For immediate release

The Government's announcement of a feasibility study to consider whether the private sector should have a greater role in the delivery of Land Registry services has today been criticised by the FDA. The FDA is the union representing lawyers and senior staff in HM Land Registry.

Ro Marsh, FDA national officer with responsibility for Land Registry, said:

"The FDA - together with the other civil service unions - is already working with Land Registry on implementing efficiencies as part of the Accelerated Transformation Programme, which has involved the closing of a number of offices.

"We are opposed to privatisation and believe the review announced today is wholly inappropriate. It follows a number of other reviews, which have concluded, unequivocally, that privatisation is not right for Land Registry.

"While we maintain that the decision to carry out the review is misguided, we will nonetheless want to seek an opportunity to have input into the study and influence its outcome, with a view to preventing any further privatisation or outsourcing."

Notes for editors:

1. The FDA is the trade union and professional body representing 18,000 of the UK's senior civil and public servants. Our members include policy advisors, senior managers, government lawyers, tax inspectors, economists, statisticians, accountants, special advisers, diplomats, crown prosecutors and NHS managers.

2. 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".

3. For further information contact:

  • Ro Marsh, FDA national officer, tel: 020 7401 5555.
  • Oliver Rowe, FDA communications manager, tel: 020 7401 5588 or 07590 838696.