29 February 2012

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water .… another question about the status of the duchy of Cornwall.

In the Lords Tony Berkeley asked in what circumstances the duchy is considered a public body or a private estate. I think we’re in oyster territory here.

Tom McNally, the Libdem minister, said it is a private estate whose funds support the public, charitable, and private activities of the duke and his wife and children. Yes, it’s oysters because he went on to say that the duchy is still considering whether to appeal against decision of the first tier tribunal under the Environmental information regulations and “until then, it would be premature for HM Government to attempt to examine the potential consequences of the ruling”. [Lords Hansard 27 February 2012 column WA231-232]


Questions, answers 9 December 2011

Medieval middens 8 December 2011

Premature hosannas 17 November 2011

Stannary law defunct 14 July 2011

Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate 13 May 2011

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

Duchy of Cornwall 20 November 2010

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

Stannary law obsolete 21 May 2009

Cornwall today 11 April 2009

Who owns the Cornwall foreshore? 11 February 2009

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

Cornwall today 11 April 2007

– and Aristotle’s teeth