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Land Searches

Requested on
Wed 9th November, 2011
Reference
FOI 1428
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Under EIR/FOI, I should be grateful if you would provide me with:

All copy correspondence (including E- mails) your land charges staff have had amongst themselves and with all other bodies (including but not confined to staff at other Councils) on the subjects of :

1. Meetings of land charges staff, including reports and minutes of such meetings.

2. NLIS including copy contracts and differential pricing.

3. Search numbers for official and personal searches over the last 6 years

4. Market share of the Council for searches compared with the private sector

5. The formulation of Council charging policies and practises for all such environmental information as to enable a land property search to be undertaken

6. Restrictions on appointments for personal searches and number of searches permitted per appointment.

7. Staff numbers, staff reorganisations and salary gradings.

8. Charging policies and practices for personal searches of the local land charges register.

9. Liability for charges illegally made.

Answer

Following your request to limit the original request to only show questions 1 and 5, I am pleased to provide the following information:

1. Meetings of land charges staff, including reports and minutes of such meetings.  
We hold no records of any meetings of land charges staff and no reports or minutes of such meetings.


5. The formulation of Council charging policies and practises for all such environmental information as to enable a land property search to be undertaken
The Land Charges Service does not deal with EIR requests and therefore there is no charging policy or practices in place.   EIR requests are directed to the relevant department who own the data for which the request is being made.

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