Headlines: June 5th, 2000

The Land Registry has awarded high tech firm LASON a ten million pound contract to scan almost ten million archive documents onto computer database, eventually allowing viewing of registers, title plans and documents referred to in registers, to be available to customers online.The contract covers the conversion of more than 80 million pages of property registration deeds, including coloured plans, and is the final stage of a wider initiative to computerise the land register.

Some of the documents to be scanned date back from the 1900s and are much larger than standard A3 or A4 formats. Ultimately the scanned images produced will replace all the original paper records.

The contract represents a major step towards providing instant access to registers, plans and supporting deeds.

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