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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-18424: Willie Rennie (North East Fife)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 28 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there is a reported backlog of land registry applications.

Answered by: Kate Forbes 13 September 2018

This is a question for the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland. She advises me that in excess of 70% of land register applications are completed within 5 days and in the last financial year the average waiting time was 26.5 days. However, a number of applications have taken longer than anticipated. This is largely attributable to the Keeper and stakeholders working through the practical challenges presented by the introduction of the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 in December of 2014, including the Keeper undertaking to clear all cases submitted under the previous legislation within one year. Additionally, as land register coverage matures the nature of titles undergoing first registration has changed and Registers of Scotland have required to adapt to that.