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15.5.11

Lies, dam lies and the Duchy of Cornwall


Lord Laird (Crossbench) To ask Her Majesty's Government, in a legal context, what is the status of stannary law in Cornwall.

Lord McNally (Minister of State, Justice; Liberal Democrat) Cornwall is subject to UK legislation. While the body of stannary customary law has not been systematically repealed, it is likely that such customary law has been superseded by modern legislation.


Lord Laird (Crossbench) To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the constitutional position of the Duchy of Cornwall.

Lord McNally (Minister of State, Justice; Liberal Democrat) The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate that funds the public, charitable and private activities of the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

All of which seems to disagree with the results of the research undertaken by solicitor and Cornish law expert John Kirkhope. Read more here: A Mysterious, Arcane and Unique Corner of our Constitution”: The Laws Relating to the Duchy of Cornwall (pdf). So who is lying to who and why? 

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