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Lords defeat expected over home information packs

Ministers are facing fresh turmoil over the introduction of home information packs for house sellers, amid indications that Tory and Lib Dem peers will lead a successful revolt against the measure next Tuesday in the Lords.

Lady Scott, the Lib Dem spokesperson for local government in the Lords, said the Lib Dems would vote for the Tory motion calling for Hips to be scrapped.

Ministers will still be able to bypass the defeat and proceed with the introduction of the packs, including energy performance certificates, on June 1. From that date, any householder who attempts to sell a property without Hip, including the "green MoT" , will be subject to a £200 fine..