Commons Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 25th April 2006.

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Questionproposed, That the clause stand part of theBill.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity)

The clause effects a prohibition on the severanceof rights of commons with the exceptions set out under schedule 1. Theclause ensures that a right of common that is attached to land is notto be permanently severed from that land, as we have been discussing.Severance means that the local link between the commoners and the landover which the grazing rights are exercised might be lost since theowner of the rights can sell them to anyone, including farmers who livefar away from the common. That can cause management difficulties forcommon land when some rights holders have no close contact with thecommon and those who manage it. There is overwhelming support fromstakeholders for a prohibition on severance under theBill.

Question putand agreedto.

Clause 9ordered to stand part of the Bill.