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Commons Bill

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the judgment by the House of Lords in the Trap Grounds case; and what assessment he has made of its implications for the current drafting of the Commons Bill. (76324)

The Trap Grounds judgment has clarified rights and protections over greens, and reversed the earlier ruling that action taken on land after a registration application can affect the determination of the application.

The judgment has no significant implications for the current drafting of the Commons Bill, but we intend to clarify the term “local inhabitants” in clause 15 in the light of relevant remarks on the judgment.