The government has admitted that one in four people selling a house will have to get new searches to update their home information packs. Financial Times

A previously unreported government response to a Lords select committee said: '25% of searches in HIPs will need to be refreshed,' as they will be too out of date for buyers to accept by the time a sale is agreed.

Thes response shows that ministers estimate each pack will cost an average of £350 to produce.

A Conservative attempt to scrap the packs failed in the Commons yesterday. However, the measure still faces a difficult Lords vote and a legal challenge ahead of its introduction on 1 June.