21 May 2009

Asked whether stannary law was still extant, the government’s reply yesterday was clear:

“The body of Stannary customary law has not been systematically repealed. It is likely however that such customary law has been superseded by modern legislation. There were also provisions in 19th century primary legislation relating to the stannaries, but these have largely been repealed” (Hansard 20 May 2009 column 1451W).

My interpretation is: in other words, in real life stannary law is obsolete — extinct, dead.

Posts on other similar Commons questions:

Duchy and stannary etc

Cornwall foreshore

Cornwall is part of England

I think that taken together the Commons answers show that the constitutional claims of Cornish nationalism are a house built on sand.