Clause 13 - Who may apply for a licence

Part of Water Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:55 am on 18 September 2003.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 8:55, 18 September 2003

Commoners have right of access, but on common land there is probably an issue in law about occupation. People would not have sole or exclusive occupation of such land, which means that they could not apply for an abstraction licence.