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Seller&#39s packs could be delayed by looming conflict

The threat of war with Iraq could delay the Government&#39s timetable for seller&#39s packs due to be reintroduced to Parliament in March under the Housing Bill, warns Legal & General.

Director (housing marketing) Stephen Smith believes it will be difficult for the Government to meet its commitment in last November&#39s Queen&#39s Speech that the bill will be debated in this Parliamentary session.

He argues that the UK legislative agenda in general could be affected as the Government has to debate Iraq which could lead to its plans, such as those for the housing bill, slipping from this session.

Even without these potential delays, Smith says the Government is still under significant pressure to train 7,000 extra surveyors to complete home condition reports, which are compulsory once the packs are introduced in 2005 or 2006.

Smith says: “There is an issue of where surveyors are going to come from to carry out the huge number of reports.” Office of the Deputy Prime Minister spokeswoman says: “The Housing Bill is due to be introduced to Parliament in March. We have not been making plans for a delay.”

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