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A stiff test

Viagra may have been first developed as a drug for hypertension before its true usefulness became clear.

But we cannot help but wonder if such a happy accident will apply to home information packs.

Initially, the packs were meant to include a proper survey and to aid buyers in the process of buying a home from being ripped off or indeed gazumped. Now these packs are designed to give homes an environmental audit.

We cannot help wondering if all the problems the packs may create, including causing a housing market stutter, are worth the risk.

There may be many better ways to lessen the environmental impact of housing. Perhaps this two-month interruption should be made a permanent one.

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