Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 28th February 2011.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis her Department consulted the Duchy of Cornwall on the proposals for the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009; and whether any amendments were made to legislative proposals in consequence.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

If a Bill's provisions affect the interests (hereditary revenues, personal property or other interests) of the Duchy of Cornwall, it is sometimes necessary to liaise with representatives of the Prince of Wales in order to obtain "Prince's Consent", as part of the parliamentary process.

Since the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 affect the interests of the Crown and the Duchy of Cornwall it was necessary to obtain both Queen's and Prince's Consent before the Bill was passed, and it was on this basis that the Department consulted representatives of the Duchy of Cornwall.

No amendments were made to the Marine Bill as a consequence of this process.

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