Surprise surprise, an all-staff email from one of the Land Registry directors this morning.
I am sorry to have to tell you that the announcement planned for next Tuesday (20 October) cannot take place that day.
We hope that we will be able to make the announcement on Thursday next week (22 October) and we will do all we can to achieve that.
We know the level of concern and anxiety that there is in every part of Land Registry, and we really have done everything we can to hit the timetable that we set ourselves.
We have made considerable progress and are in the final stages of discussions with Ministers and others. We cannot be certain that we will have everything in place for Tuesday, and therefore we have to put things back. We are sorry about that.
If there is any further delay, I will let you know next week.
Word on the street is that the delay is caused by “ministerial intervention”. Someone in government thinks the proposals are too servere, or not severe enough. Or something.
We’ll find out Thursday. If they’re ready by then.