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Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL]

Volume 708: debated on Thursday 26 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government which river estuaries in England come within the definition of rivers in Clause 291 of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill. [HL1290]

Clause 291 of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill sets out the how the coastal access duty applies where the English coast is interrupted by a river. It allows Natural England to exercise its functions as if references in the coastal access provisions to the sea included the relevant upstream waters of the river.

Natural England will look at each river estuary individually and decide what the most appropriate treatment is for that estuary. Following consultation, Natural England will make proposals for an estuary in its report, which it must submit to the Secretary of State under Clause 292 of the Bill, for each section of the English coast where there is an estuary.