Lord Northbrook (Conservative)
I support Amendment No. 19, moved by the noble Lord, Lord Renton of Mount Harry. I am unclear on another point in Clause 3(1), which states:
"A person commits an offence if he knowingly permits land which belongs to him to be entered or used in the course of the commission of an offence under section 1".
Under Clause 10, there is an offence by a body corporate which states:
"This section applies where an offence under this Act is committed by a body corporate with the consent or connivance of an officer of the body".
I should have declared an interest as a landowner. There are situations where the land is held in trust by trustees. There is an inconsistency here. What is the situation if trustees who hold land rather than individuals or body corporates permit hunting to be allowed on the land? That is another complication of this clause.