New Clause. — (Injury to Ancient Monuments by Their Owners.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1953.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Dalton Mr Hugh Dalton , Bishop Auckland 12:00 am, 22nd July 1953

I do not want to delay the passage of this Bill. There is another place. Would it be possible, in view of the discussion, particularly regarding the definition, for the meaning of terms, and especially the term, "injury," to be looked at again with a view to the possibility of some Amendment, if necessary, in another place, to carry out the purposes of my hon. Friend? We should be happy if the Solicitor-General would look at this again, with other persons learned in the law. For example, ploughing an ancient bank would be a positive action and not mere neglect, and I think it is such positive action that the hon. Member for Farnham (Mr. Nicholson) had in mind. Conceivably these words cover that. We should like to be assured that so far as possible the kind of action referred to by the hon. Member in particular is guarded against.