ANOTHER SHOT AT REFORMING THE DUCHY

16 June 2014

Tony Gueterbock (lord Berkeley) has introduced another bill about the duchy of Cornwall into the House of Lords. The best way in is through the explanatory notes (pdf) explanatory notes.

The earlier Berkeley bill, the Rights of the sovereign and duchy of Cornwall bill, has fallen away. This bill (Duchy of Cornwall bill) had its first reading on 10 June 2014. It makes the eldest child of the monarch, regardless of gender, duke of Cornwall, requires the duchy estate to pay income and capital gains tax, and removes various exemptions and privileges of the duchy.

The bill is well founded, though it deals with both constitutional issues such as succession and estate issues such as tax; it should be enacted; but won’t be. However, I hope Berkeley keeps at it and slowly timid and deferential government might see the point of reform.

Earlier posts
Duchy bill rumbles on 9 November 2013
Curate’s egg duchy bill 16 April 2013
Gender-blind duchy of Cornwall 2 March 2013
Curate’s egg duchy bill 16 April 2013
Future of the duchy of Cornwall 7 June 2012


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