13 May 2011

Yesterday I looked at the answer to a question that John Laird asked in the Lords about stannary law.

He also asked a second question (column WA 214), one about the status of the duchy of Cornwall. The government’s answer was the same as in March 2007 (see the Cornwall today post below): the duchy of Cornwall is a private estate that funds the public, charitable, and private activities of the duke of Cornwall, his wife, and two sons.

I think the evidence from the start of the duchy in 1337 suggests that it was designed to elevate the king’s eldest son and provide him with an income and there was never any question of the creation of a separate Cornwall state inside or outside England. Policy and legislation since confirm this; it is about safeguarding the interests and income of the duke who is heir to the throne, the duchy lands stretching beyond Cornwall from the beginning. Cornwall is a county in England.

The UK government’s view on this is consistent and right.

There have been several questions in parliament about Cornwall ‘constitutional’ issues. All received answers displeasing to nationalism. See these posts:

Cornwall today 11 April 2007

Cornwall is part of England – and staying put 9 October 2008

Who owns the Cornwall foreshore? 11 February 2009

Crown Estate owns sea and seabed off county of Cornwall 12 October 2010

Duchy of Cornwall 20 November 2010

Government: ‘Cornwall is part of England’ 12 January 2011

Stannary law defunct: update 7 June 2011

– and Aristotle’s teeth