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Cornwall: Stannary Law

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 11 July (WA 119), what role stannary law plays in Cornwall, in the light of the primacy of law passed by the United Kingdom Parliament.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

Stannary law oversees the administration of equity for the region's tin mining interests. The Devon and Cornwall Stannary Courts were merged following the Stannaries Act 1855, but their powers were later transferred to county courts by the Stannaries Court (Abolition) Act 1896. If an issue of stannary law was raised it would be for a court to decide in the context of a particular case what account, if any, is to be taken of stannary customs.

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