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INTRODUCTION OF HOME INFORMATION PACKS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2240: tabled on 23 May 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 140 Members. It has received 2 amendments.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Amendments to this motion

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Motion text

That this House expresses concern over the introduction of home information packs from 2007; notes that industry experts have advised that home information packs will add up to £1,000 to the cost of buying an average home and duplicate the ongoing need for a valuation or structural survey; believes that they will discourage potential sellers from putting their homes on the market; notes that smaller solicitors and estate agents may be adversely affected; observes that the Government will benefit from a potential £110 million VAT windfall from the packs and that the Home Condition Register could be used to conduct a council tax revaluation by stealth; questions the lack of a proper dry run and whether sufficient home inspectors will be properly trained by 2007; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to push for their implementation to be delayed or cancelled in order to protect the stability of the housing market.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Ainsworth, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 2006
East Surrey
Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Southend West
Ancram, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 16 June 2006
Devizes
Arbuthnot, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
North East Hampshire
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 13 July 2006
Hexham
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 June 2006
Lewes
Baldry, Tony
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Banbury
Bercow, John
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2006
Buckingham
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 20 June 2006
Northampton South
Blunt, Mr Crispin
Conservative
Signed on 8 June 2006
Reigate
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Worthing West
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 June 2006
South East Cornwall
Brokenshire, James
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
Hornchurch
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 May 2006
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
West Chelmsford
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 16 June 2006
North East Bedfordshire
Butterfill, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 8 June 2006
Bournemouth West
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 24 May 2006
East Londonderry
Clappison, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 2006
Hertsmere
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2006
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2006
Easington
Curry, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 8 June 2006
Skipton and Ripon
Davies, David T. C.
Conservative
Signed on 8 June 2006
Monmouth
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Shipley
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2006
Livingston
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 May 2006
Belfast North
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Rochford and Southend East
Dunne, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 21 June 2006
Ludlow
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2006
Sunderland North
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2006
Ribble Valley
Evennett, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Bexleyheath and Crayford
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Lichfield
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 June 2006
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2006
Hornsey and Wood Green
Fox, Dr Liam
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Woodspring
Fraser, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 2006
South West Norfolk
Garnier, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Harborough
Gauke, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 12 June 2006
South West Hertfordshire
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 June 2006
Romsey
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Chesham and Amersham
Goldsworthy, Julia
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2006
Falmouth and Camborne
Goodman, Mr Paul
Conservative
Signed on 19 June 2006
Wycombe
Goodwill, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Scarborough and Whitby
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
North Wiltshire
Green, Damian
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
Ashford
Grieve, Mr Dominic
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Beaconsfield
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 16 June 2006
Suffolk Coastal
Hammond, Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 6 July 2006
Wimbledon
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 23 May 2006
Hammersmith and Fulham
Harper, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Forest of Dean
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
North East Hertfordshire
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 June 2006
Birmingham, Yardley
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 15 June 2006
Wealden
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2006
Vauxhall
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 12 June 2006
Gravesham
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 19 June 2006
Orpington
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2006
Chorley
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2006
Cheadle
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2006
Peterborough
Jenkin, Mr Bernard
Conservative
Signed on 21 June 2006
North Essex
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 June 2006
Hereford
Kirkbride, Julie
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Bromsgrove
Knight, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 8 June 2006
East Yorkshire
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 15 June 2006
Epping Forest
Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Conservative
Signed on 23 May 2006
Beckenham
Lansley, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 13 July 2006
South Cambridgeshire
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
New Forest East
Lidington, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
Aylesbury
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2006
Hitchin and Harpenden
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 May 2006
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
East Worthing and Shoreham
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Mid Worcestershire
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Bracknell
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
St Albans
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2006
Medway
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
East Hampshire
May, Mrs Theresa
Conservative
Signed on 19 June 2006
Maidenhead
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2006
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2006
Mansfield
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Newark
Milton, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 13 June 2006
Guildford
Mitchell, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Sutton Coldfield
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
North East Cambridgeshire
Mundell, David
Conservative
Signed on 21 June 2006
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Westbury
Sir Robert Neill,
Signed on 14 July 2006
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Hemel Hempstead
Pickles, Mr Eric
Conservative
Signed on 23 May 2006
Brentwood and Ongar
Prisk, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 18 July 2006
Hertford and Stortford
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 May 2006
Southport
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
Uxbridge
Redwood, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Wokingham
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2006
Rochdale
Ruffley, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2006
Bury St Edmunds
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 June 2006
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2006
Torbay
Scott, Mr Lee
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
Ilford North
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
South West Bedfordshire
Shapps, Grant
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 2006
Welwyn Hatfield
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2006
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 12 June 2006
Upper Bann
Simpson, Mr Keith
Conservative
Signed on 8 June 2006
Mid Norfolk
Soames, Hon Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Mid Sussex
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Castle Point
Stanley, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 15 June 2006
Tonbridge and Malling
Stuart, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Beverley and Holderness
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
New Forest West
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
East Devon
Syms, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 23 May 2006
Poole
Taylor, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Esher and Walton
Tredinnick, David
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Bosworth
Viggers, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 2006
Gosport
Walker, Mr Charles
Conservative
Signed on 6 June 2006
Broxbourne
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2006
Upminster
Webb, Prof Steve
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 June 2006
Northavon
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 13 July 2006
Leominster
Willetts, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 13 July 2006
Havant
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 May 2006
Ceredigion
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 5 June 2006
Spelthorne
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 5 June 2006
East Antrim
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 25 May 2006
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2006
Macclesfield
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2006
Teignbridge

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

INTRODUCTION OF HOME INFORMATION PACKS (Amendment 1)
leave out from `House' to end and insert `welcomes the introduction of home information packs, which will alleviate the high level of transaction failure in the UK property market; recognises that HIPs already exist on a voluntary basis, and through providing accurate information at the start of the house buying process are reducing the wasted cost and high levels of stress characteristic of moving house in the UK; notes Which?'s strong support for the policy in light of their survey which found that 82 per cent. of consumers would welcome HIPs; recognises that HIPs will ensure that information is only paid for once, by the seller, rather than many times by multiple prospective buyers; notes that first time buyers will be key beneficiaries as the costs of the HIP will be met by the seller; recognises that the only new cost the HIP will bring to the process will be the Home Condition Report, which provides the buyer with essential information and reduces costs for lenders in determining valuations; welcomes the benefit to the environment of the new energy performance certificate in the Home Condition Report; welcomes the property industry's preparations for HIPs by developing with the Office of Fair Trading an industry code of conduct, compliance and consumer redress schemes, along with provisions for insurance and investment in training to create a new profession of home inspectors; recognises the impetus provided by the home condition report to encourage improvements in housing stock; and commends HIPs for delivering benefits to consumers.'.
Labour, Milton Keynes South West
23
signatures
EDM 2240A1: tabled on 25 May 2006
INTRODUCTION OF HOME INFORMATION PACKS (Amendment 2)
leave out from `House' to end and insert `notes that the Government has at last tabled some of the necessary regulations for the planned implementation of home information packs, and that they relate to the vital issue of the reduction of carbon emissions from homes, currently responsible for 27 per cent. of all emissions, but regrets that the failure to bring forward all necessary regulations in a timely way, leading to postponement of the roll-out of essential pilot schemes, may result in serious difficulties at the commencement of the compulsory scheme in July 2007, and that the lack of clear evidence of sufficient trained and certificated inspectors threatens to completely undermine confidence in the scheme; therefore calls on the Government to publish without delay all missing information, to accelerate the training of inspectors, and to implement full pilot roll-outs quickly, so that a realistic assessment can be made of the viability of the nature and date of introduction of the compulsory scheme; and further calls on the Government to limit the scope of the scheme to that required by the EU Directive, rather than the current gold-plated alternative.'.
Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove
24
signatures
EDM 2240A2: tabled on 4 July 2006