Schedule 3 - Hunting with dogs: prohibition

Part of Hunting Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 25th January 2001.

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Photo of Mrs Llin Golding Mrs Llin Golding Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme 10:30 am, 25th January 2001

Paragraph 8(3)(b) states:

which he had been permitted to use for that purpose by someone to whom the land belonged.

I cannot get my head around the phrase ``to whom the land belonged''. I have rats in my garden. If my dog went through my gate and out on to the road, which belongs to the county council, would I apply to the county council for permission? Can I assume the road belongs to me because I pay my rates? Do I have to apply to the council for access to a field it owns, or do I assume that I am a part-owner because I have paid my rates?