Land law

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on land law. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
20.01.2015Land Registry: (A) proposed changes to the commercial model; and (B) Infrastructure Bill
This note concerns HM Land Registry: section A considers the Government's proposals to change its commercial model from a Trading Fund, and section B provides a brief summary of the relevant proposals in the Infrastructure Bill currently before Parliament and a summary of proceedings during the Second Reading debate and at Committee Stage.
29.12.2014Land: registration of manorial rights
This note provides information about manorial rights over land in England and Wales and recent changes that have affected the ability of individuals to exercise these rights. The note also provides links to guidance for affected property owners provided by the Land Registry
30.09.2014Land: Frequently Asked Questions (England and Wales)
This note provides a general background briefing about ownership of registered and unregistered land, aspects of boundary disputes and restrictive covenants. It tackles some FAQs on land law asked by constituents and provides signposts to sources of further information.
04.03.2013Co-ownership of real property
People who join together to buy real property (a house, flat, land) are known as co-owners. Typically, this may mean a couple in a relationship, whether married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting, or friends, who jointly buy a property to live in. There are two ways in which two or more people may hold (own) the underlying benefit in a property - as 'beneficial joint tenants' or as 'tenants in common'.
21.12.2012Large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries - camouflage for 'land grabbing'?
Oxfam has launched a campaign on the issue of 'land-grabbing' - or what others would call 'large-scale land acquisitions' - in developing countries around the world, including by foreign governments or companies, with the World Bank primarily in its sights. This note is a brief introduction to the debate, current multilateral initiatives on the issue and the stance of the UK Government.

Research Papers

DateDescription
04.12.2014Infrastructure Bill [HL]
This is a 'portmanteau' bill, covering a number of separate but related areas.
21.11.2001Land Registration Bill (HL) (Bill 48 of 2001-02)
Land Registration Bill (HL) (Bill 48 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/103

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
24.11.2009LAND REGISTRY OFFICE CLOSURES
That this House expresses its concern at the announcement that five Land Registry offices are to close in Croydon, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Stevenage and Tunbridge Wells with the loss ...
02.11.2009JOB LOSSES AT THE LAND REGISTRY
That this House expresses its concern at the announcement that five Land Registry offices are to close in Croydon, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Stevenage and Tunbridge Wells with the loss ...
20.10.2009LAND AGREEMENTS EXCLUSION AND REVOCATION ORDER 2004
That this House welcomes the Government's consultation on the future of the Land Agreements Exclusion and Revocation Order 2004; further welcomes the Government's preference for the ...
21.04.2009LAND REGISTRATION (S.I., 2009, No. 845)
That the Land Registration Fee Order 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 845), dated 1 April 2009, a copy of which was laid before this House on 2 April, be revoked.
08.12.2008HISTORIC COUNTIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
That this House recognises that the historic counties of the United Kingdom are an important part of the history, geography and cultural life of the nation; acknowledges that the United ...

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses