Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on the Stamp Office for Deeds on 18th May 1990.
Mr. John D. Taylor To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultation there was within Northern Ireland other than with relevant staff and the legal profession before the decision to close the Belfast stamp office for the registration of title deeds.
Mr. Major I have been asked to reply. None. Any prior consultation would have been incompatible with Budget confidentiality for my decision to abolish stamp duty on shares.