Duchy Reform Bill Gets First Reading In Lords

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall

A Bill that aims to effectively abolish the Duchy of Cornwall has had its first reading in the House of Lords.

Lord Berkeley, a frequent visitor to the Isles of Scilly and a member of the transport campaign group FRIST, has tabled the Rights of the Sovereign and the Duchy of Cornwall Bill.

It seeks to bring in a number of clauses including transferring the assets of the Duchy to a public trust for the benefit of the people of Cornwall and Scilly, as well as clarifying the Duchy’s tax status and the requirement to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

It would also seek to remove the income paid to the Prince of Wales from Duchy assets.

Lord Berkeley says there is no date set for the first debate on the Bill. It will join the queue of others passing through the Lords, but he hopes it will be discussed sometime in the next six months.

Only a small minority of Private Members’ Bills ever become law, although by gaining publicity for a particular cause, they can indirectly influence legislation.

3 Responses to Duchy Reform Bill Gets First Reading In Lords

  1. Happy Chappy. May 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Whilst I agree in principal with local, you could also argue that if you wait for our local residents, and indeed the dreckly population of Kernow, to get the ball rolling, you will wait for ever. If the Baron pulls it off, and I sincerely hope he does, then I for one will not complain about his intervention.

  2. local May 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    The 18th Baron Berkeley has about as much democratic legitimacy as Prince Charles. Who asked him to make our islands his play thing? We have an MP and we have (just about) a Council. We don’t need unelected barons sticking their oar in, even if they did go to Eton and Cambridge. Thanks Anthony Fitzhardinge Gueterbock (to give him his full name) but you can stand down.

  3. Happy Chappy. May 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Fingers crossed that this becomes law.